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Brief Published: 15 Jul 2011

The Palms House, California


Playing on childhood dreams of garden hideaways (but this time addressed for an adult audience), Palms House in Santa Monica has all the futuristic flourishes of a super-modernist tree house.

Designed by California-based Daly Genik Architects, the two-storey space is structured around a central courtyard filled with abundant vegetation. It is conceived to provide both a balance of communal spaces for the client’s growing family, and more private areas for visitors: a guest apartment and garage are located on the street side of the building, with the main house at the rear providing greater seclusion for the family.

Continuing the organic visual motif, the top storey of the dwelling is wrapped in a leaf-like, geometrically patterned, perforated outer wall, which surrounds a balcony that runs around the across the entire circumference of the building.

Daly Genik