Episode 139: The Lagaspi Courts Design House

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This week, we are going to explore a unique design house project in Santa Monica, California. Lagaspi Courts Design created a fantastic project house and it was produced by GC Collaborative. Here is what is interesting about this project, it was created as a design house that is also on the market. I suppose you could call this a spec home, but it really is so much more than that. This house was designed from the top down in a residential neighborhood in Santa Monica, with amazing views and a regional airport nearby. Often times, a design house project will be easy because the project producers only worry about creating a beautiful space for show. This house was created in the city of Santa Monica which is know for having some tough restrictions. It was produced close to a regional airport flight path and it was created with some elevation challenges. At the same time, it wasn’t just created for art’s sake, this home has to find a buyer. With all of these challenges, we have a remarkably close team consisting of developer Michael Farag, designer Edel Legaspi, architect, Christopher Courts and project producer, Ginna Christensen. This is a deep dive into a challenging project with a stunningly beautiful result. You can read more about it here: http://designontap.snyderdiamond.com/design-on-tap/2017/9/29/best-in-show-house-legaspi-courts and If you like this conversation, please go to iTunes and give the show a good rating, it helps with the show rankings which gets us more exposure.


Architect Takashi Yanai is a gifted creative with a remarkable to squeeze every last drop of beauty from a view. His skill at placing well crafted residential designs on the land and adjusting them just so is amazing to see. So, here is a micro case study recorded live from the WestEdge Design Fair in the California Garden Follies tent designed by Kelley Jackson and crafted by the Warner Bros. Property Department. Here is a little more about Takashi Yanai, FAIA is a partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects and has been the Residential Studio Director since 2004 where he leads the firm’s efforts in the design and execution of award-winning single family residences. Takashi's projects have been published extensively in the national and international press. Takashi brings a keen sensitivity and interest in site and context coupled with a strong appreciation for the craft of building and materiality born of his dual Californian and Japanese heritage. His houses are a lasting and profound articulation of the relationship between man and nature that underscores architecture's power to enhance our environments. Prior to practicing architecture, Takashi was an editor at GA Houses in Tokyo where he had the privilege of engaging with the world's finest residential architects. Takashi is very active in the AIA Committee on Design, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the A+D Museum, Los Angeles. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the USC School of Architecture, and lectures throughout the world. Alongside architecture, Takashi has a strong interest in photography and social media. His professional activities, travels and personal interests are well-documented and widely follow his Instagram account @t_yanai.

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