Responsive Homes & Utopiad
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The L.A. Forum is proud to host another great home tour for a groundbreaking project, a collaboration between developer Michael Tessler of Responsive Homes and Daveed Kapoor, founder and principal of architecture firm Utopiad. It’s a single-story Southern California prototype for climate-responsive, small and affordable homes located in Northeast L.A.

Here are some of the features that make this home truly special:
  • ThermaCork Clad Facades: The exterior is adorned with ThermaCork shiplap panels, a natural renewable material with exceptional insulating properties.
  • Thoughtful Solar Orientation: The roof slopes have been meticulously designed to harness the power of the sun, catering to seasonal interior climatic needs.
  • Sawtooth-Butterfly Roof Profile: A unique roof design maximizes daylight in living spaces while maintaining harmony with neighboring buildings.
  • Passive Heating and Cooling: This house is ingeniously designed to be passively heated and cooled, significantly reducing reliance on mechanical systems.
  • Thoughtful Craftsmanship: Every detail inside celebrates craftsmanship and structure as ornament, paying homage to Southern California's rich legacy.
  • Sustainable Materials: From lime plaster walls to locally sourced flooring and custom concrete countertops, sustainability is at the heart of this project.

This home represents a new standard for environmentally-conscious living without compromising on comfort and style. Join us for a tour and experience it first hand, with remarks by Daveed and Michael.

Tour Details:
  • Date: Nov 4, 2023
  • Time: Small groups at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Each tour is 45-60 min.
  • Location: Cypress Park. Address provided with ticket.

We look forward to sharing this extraordinary space with you!

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