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Jewel Box: A Venice Beach Home Combines Modern Design and Sustainability

Architect Andrew Mangan built this brightly colored, ultramodern home with clever green features.



Architect Andrew Mangan designed the home's colorful facade to attract attention to its sustainable features.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Located on the second floor, the dining room takes advantage of cooling ocean breezes and views of the surrounding area.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Fly-ash concrete floors with soy-based sealer absorb heat from the sun during the day, warming the room in the evening. A fireplaace helps keep the living space cozy on especially cool nights.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
The rooftop deck offers an outdoor living and dining space with wonderful views.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
One of the owner's favorite features is the second-story catwalk that leads to the rooftop deck.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
A winding stairwell leads from the ground floor to the upstairs living areas.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
The closed-loop garden fountain continuously reuses the same water.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
A full glass wall faces the courtyard, blocking heat but creating an open, peaceful feeling. Concrete floors complement the modern look.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Cross ventilation and passive cooling towers in the kitchen help pull warm air out and circulate fresh air throughout the home.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Homeowner Karen Davidson
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Built-in display cases house Karen's glass collection.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Dual-flush toilets help conserve water.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Architect Andrew Mangan designed the home's colorful facade to attract attention to its sustainable features.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
The highly efficient tankless water heater will pay for itself in two to three years by reducing hot-water waste. The back wall of all three bathrooms is a smooth-finish stucco plaster with integral color.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Windows keep the first-floor bedroom sunny while plants outside block heat and provide privacy.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Architect Andrew Mangan designed the home's colorful facade to attract attention to its sustainable features.
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
Floor plans for the ground floor.
Image by Andrej Gallins
Floor plans for the second floor.
Image by Andrej Gallins











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