The Ehrlich Retreat + is a residential project located in Santa Monica, California and it was designed by the practice of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects to extend the original house that was created by the same studio with a new guest house, swimming pool and shading platform for the terrace.
The structure follows some of the architectural elements of the main project while still bringing its own identity into the landscape with a sculptural façade that is comprised of a broad frame oriented toward the new yard.
The south side of the house is shaded now and the home office has triangular cut outs to bring more natural light from the north. The predominant materials used are steel and wood with plenty of eco-friendly elements integrated such as the 2.4kW photovoltaic array for the electric needs of both the house and the swimming pool. These measures allowed the residence to receive a LEED Platinum level.