Back to West Side Home Tour 2013

Among the stars of Dwell’s West Side home tour is one built to complement, rather than overshadow, its surroundings.

When architectural designer Sebastian Mariscal first visited the site that would hold his eventual design for resident Michael Sylvester, he was immediately struck by the presence of the huge pine tree in the middle. “I was moved by how the grown trees were creating a special silence of green within the dense and eclectic neighborhood,” says Mariscal. “I remember the first thing that came to my mind was that I must preserve the same view, meaning my design cannot be seen from the street—only trees, only green.” He responded by crafting a series of pavilions connected by what he calls “vegetated outdoor rooms” for the transition spaces.

  • Area: Venice Beach, CA
  • Livable square footage: 2,400 sq. ft.
  • Number of bedrooms: 3
  • Construction completed: 2013

Track the journey from start to finish in our series of blog posts at

  • Dwell Home Venice: Entry

    As in other homes by Sebastian Mariscal, such as the Wabi House in San Diego, a series of light and shadows interact against the facade of Dwell Home Venice.

  • Dwell Home Venice: Bridge

    A bridge from the bedrooms to the entertainment areas of Dwell Home Venice traverses the rear yard.

  • Dwell Home Venice: Bedroom Courtyard

    The striking black-cedar finish surrounds the bedroom courtyard of Dwell Home Venice.


About the Architect

Working as a Developer/Designer/Builder Sebastian Mariscal has completed a diverse range of projects. Currently with offices in Boston & San Diego, SM has projects in Boston, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Mexico. SM has been the recipient of national and international architecture and development awards and has had the opportunity to share his work in multiple lectures and publications.


Project Manager: Jeff Svitek

Landscape Architect: Jack Kiesel

Interior Designer: Delta Wright

Sebastian Mariscal

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