Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on January 14, 2012
Photographer Assaf Friedman
Perched atop the bluffs of LA’s exclusive Pacific Palisades, the Vicino House is more than just a home; it’s an experience. Designer Timothy McCarthy of the Forma Design Group and Owner / Developer Michael Gottlieb made it their mission to create a home that would evoke the feeling of being in a high-end spa. They succeeded. Visiting the Vicino House, I almost expected to be handed a white fluffy robe and some cucumber water.
The epitome of sustainable living and luxury design, the Vicino House was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification. A modern marvel of steel, glass and wood — one of the homes most striking features is the 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean — which can be enjoyed from almost every room in the house and many of the sun soaked outdoor decks.
Light streams in from huge windows, skylights, expansive folding glass panels and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. FSC certified wood floors and accents juxtapose the cool clean lines and deliver warmth. Interior Designer Kelby Bryant peppered the home with unique features like a kitchen island countertop comprised of a single slab of recycled glass underlit with LEDs, and a Kohler ceiling mounted tub filler in the master bath. The exterior also boasts cool touches like an uber stylish outdoor fireplace.
Equally as impressive is the myriad of largely invisible green systems: a well sealed exterior envelope; radiant floor heating; solar thermal panels; photo voltaics; low flow fixtures; low to no VOC paints and sealants; and bio lime plaster.
But the best part of the Vicino House isn’t just the ocean views or the spacious, modern outlook, it’s the fact that the home was designed to be a healthy one. LEED Platinum certification is more than just a badge of honor, it says: “I care about the environment and I’m doing something about it.”
Now, where’s that masseuse?