2023 RDAA | Custom Urban House | Palms House II | Kevin Daly Architects

“It’s so Venice,” said one of our judges. “And it makes a wonderful courtyard space.” In a way, Palms House II is all about creating that courtyard space between it and Palms House I, also designed by kevin daly Architects for a multigenerational family. 

It was important to provide the family—a couple with two children and their parents—with places to come together and be apart. Says Kevin, “Everyone has 850 square feet to themselves,” including private outdoor spaces in addition to the communal courtyard and pool.

Adding onto your own work is a daunting challenge for architects, and the firm was adamant about extending the language of the first house instead of duplicating it. Expressive screens reappear on the new building, too, but wood is the medium instead of metal. The new building feels more sinuously organic than the older one, tracing the evolution of the firm’s aesthetic. “It was really more pragmatic than sculptural,” says Kevin. “Privacy on small lots can be very compromised. So we used the screens, terraces, trees to keep both houses kind of open. We knew if it works from pavilion to pavilion, it works.” 

“It’s not a kit of parts,” said our jury. “The design is carried through the entire project and feels so cohesive. Even with the materials change between the two phases, it really hangs together.”


Custom Urban House

Kevin Daly Architects

Palms House II

Venice, California

Project Credits

Architect: Kevin Daly, principal in charge; Gretchen Stoecker, project architect, kevin daly Architects, Los Angeles

Builder: CA Construction, Los Angeles

Landscape Architect: [place], Los Angeles

Structural Engineer: WORKPOINT Engineering, Los Angeles

Project Size: 3,400 square feet

Site Size: 0.123 acre

Construction Cost: $588 per square foot

Photography: Benny Chan; Joshua White

Key Products

Cladding: Thermory White Ash

Countertops: Walker Zanger; Caesarstone; Corian

Doors/Windows/Window Wall Systems: Western Windows

Faucets: VIGO; Speakman

Fireplace: European Home

Flooring: Concrete, ground and polished; Accoya

Heating: Radiant in-floor

HVAC: Mitsubishi mini-splits in bedrooms

Insulation/Housewrap: Tyvek

Kitchen Appliances: Miele

Sinks: Kraus (kitchen); Kohler; Duravit

Skylights: Custom from Sun Valley

Toilets: TOTO

Tubs: Kohler