John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK)

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK)

Los Angeles, CA


Ehrlich Retreat+

The Ehrlich “Retreat +” consists of a new guest house, pool, and shade structure that combine with the original house – designed by JFAK a decade ago - to create a family compound. The new structure is contextually related to the original house, borrowing many of its architectural elements, yet has its own identity. The LEED-for-Homes Platinum certified project is also a model of “integrated sustainability;” its green strategies are seamlessly integrated into a unique sculptural aesthetic: the structure’s broad frame embraces and gives presence to the new yard, while shading the house’s southern orientation; the triangular cut-out over the office creates a dramatic form, but also introduces generous amounts of ambient northern light; the steel and wood trellis provides welcoming shade for the yard, and at the same time hosts a 2.4kW photovoltaic array that powers the house and pool. The overall result is a responsible, light-filled, and joyful environment.


  • 2013 AIA Los Angeles Chapter, Merit Award

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Status: Built
Location: Santa Monica, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Principal-in-Charge: John Friedman
Project Team: Alice Kimm, Garrett Belmont, Robert McFadden
Structural Engineer: Paul Franceschi Engineering
Civil Engineer: JMC2 Consulting Civil Engineers
Landscape Designer: Kathleen Ferguson Landscapes
Lighting Design: FIRE Ltd.
LEED for Homes Green Rater: Glen Boldt, GBWorks
LEED for Homes Provider: Davis Energy Group
Title 24 and Mechanical Engineer: Shamim Consulting Engineers, Inc.
General Contractor: Bonomo Development
Photography: Benny Chan, Fotoworks