The Wave House is a very special project. It’s a private residence located in Venice, California and it looks extraordinary. It was a project by artist, designer and builder Mario Romano who is known for his ability to turn poetry into reality and to transpose complex geometries into the physical world, transforming cool concepts into functional architecture. He is also famous for his affinity to nature-inspired forms.
The architect created his own design system which uses customized design tools and CNC machining technology and he uses these resources to create one-of-a-kind designs such as buildings with facades that undulate like the waves of the ocean or spaces with curved walls that seamlessly turn into floors. The artist sculpts these buildings and his creations are always meant to interact with their surroundings and to perfectly fit into place, just like everything has its place in nature.
The Wave House is unlike any other home and its architecture stands out in more than one way. The facades are constructed of hundreds of unique pieces which cascade from the top of the roof down to the bottom of the front wall and form this organically-shaped facade that looks like ripples of water in a pond.
The facade is meant to emulate the beauty of nature’s geometry but in order to do that precise measurements had to be taken. The aluminum panels that are evenly spaced out with exactly 1 and 3/4” in between each other. They were first rolled, then unrolled and then cut by a CNC machine and lastly attached to the metal frame.
The house has a pivot door made of solid wood with a delicate wavy pattern in a lighter shade. It coordinates with the overall theme of the design and it offers access inside. But there are several other points of access. In fact, the entire ground floor is open to the swimming pool and backyard area through sliding glass doors.
The swimming pool is flanked by an outdoor living room on one side and by an indoor living space on the other. The two mirror each other but they also have their own character and style. The kitchen and dining area occupy the central space. A live-edge table is the focal point of the dining room, being complemented by stylish chairs and a zen wall decor.
The staircase that connects the social area to the ground floor leads up to a homework station for the kids. It occupies a portion of the hallway and it has a long and minimalist desk with three chairs.
The master bedroom has its own bathroom with a freestanding tub and a walk-in shower. In between them is a dressing room. The upper level also houses two bedrooms for the kids which have their own quirky accents but ultimately remain simple and chic, just like the rest of the house.
The interior design is just as artistic and mesmerizing and the rippling facade. Wonderful painting adorn the walls in the social areas and custom furniture makes each room feel complete and perfect, giving it a sense of harmony and elegance but not without also being comfortable and inviting.
A lot of thought and effort went into the unique architecture of this house. The exterior walls were designed by adjusting hundreds of individual pieces until the rippling effect was created. They look like feathers and they keep the interior cool and dry by regulating the temperature and helping with natural ventilation.