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    Courtesy: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Smith-Clementi Residence

Venice, CA

West Side Home Tour
Sunday, June 24, 2012

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Originally built in 1920s (at 600 square feet) and renovated by husband-and-wife architects in 1996 with second-floor addition, the house grew again in 2012 with the addition of a second lot, reconfiguration of public/private areas, and added a garage and master suite. The resulting home now revolves around indoor/outdoor connections to the vast patio space with decorative and working gardens. Public areas on the ground floor flow into each other and toward the outdoors. The front volume maintains a refined lap siding as a signal to the house’s bungalow origins with a scale appropriate for the walk street, while the expressive back volume sports exaggerated vertical wood framing as sunshades to the glass master bedroom volume. “A house and its antithesis,” is how the architect/homeowner describes the relationship between the two. Both parts of the house are connected by the upper-level private areas that act as a bridge. Muted colors derived from landscape and majestic 80-year-old magnolia tree on the property.

About the Architect

Thumb Frank Clementi and Julie Smith-Clementi (Architects/homeowners)
Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Rios Clementi Hale Studios has earned an international reputation for its collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach, establishing an award-winning tradition across an unprecedented range of design disciplines. The firm’s four principals—-Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, Julie Smith-Clementi, IDSA, Frank Clementi, AIA, AIGA, and Bob Hale, FAIA-—comprise a team involved in every aspect of design, from practice to education. Since 1985, the architects, landscape architects, planners, and urban, interior, exhibit, graphic, and product designers at Rios Clementi Hale Studios have been creating buildings, places, and products that are thoughtful, effective, and beautiful.


Rios Clementi Hale Studios project team: Frank Clementi, AIA; Julie Smith-Clementi, IDSA; Huay Wee, Anthony Anderson, Claudia Morello, and Carolyn Sumida.

Landscape: Mary Lou Smith.

Of Note
Large outdoor space with gardens and seating areas
Exaggerated wood columns on back glass-clad volume

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