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Kulapat Yantrasast, Why - A California Architect Draws On Memories Of Thailand

Kulapt Yantrasast | WHY

The oceanfront community of Venice, California, was laid out on drained marshland 110 years ago, as an American version of La Serenissima. Streetcars brought weekend crowds from dusty inland settlements to enjoy carnival attractions on the pier and a gondola trip around the network of canals. By 1925, the vision had tarnished: most of the canals were filled in, oil derricks scarred the landscape, and Venice became a shabby backwater of clapboard bungalows and decaying arcades. Charles and Ray Eames opened their studio there in the 1940s, artists settled there as early as the 1950s, and the community has rapidly gentrified over the past decade without losing its raffish character. Architects have built modest but inventive houses for themselves and like-minded clients.
A recent arrival is Kulapat Yantrasast, principal of wHY, and his house stands out from its neighbors. Massively...

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