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 Wave House has a unique architecture inspired by natureThe rippling facade is made up of hundreds of individual aluminum panelsThe panels are perfectly arranged and they gently undulate creating a mesmerizing visual effect
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 facade facing the backyard is simple and only partially covered with aluminum panelsThe house wraps itself around the swimming pool, forming a u-shaped planAll the spaces on the ground floor have direct access to the outdoor area
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.
Sliding glass doors allow the kitchen, living space and other rooms to communicate with the poolside areaThe kitchen is fully opened to the outdoors, featuring this frame-like openingThe transition between indoor and outdoor is smooth and seamless
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 concrete floor in the kitchen continues outside and forms a long and narrow deckThe large wooden door has a pivoting system and featured an undulating pattern
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.
An outdoor living room flanks the swimming pool on one sideThe kitchen and dining room share an open floor plan and they’re both bright and spacious
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.
Upstairs, a homework station can be seen on the hallwayThe station has a long desk and room for three chairs
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 is bright and airy and has a really nice color paletteThe master bathroom has a freestanding modern tub and a walk-in shower
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.
A minimalist white desk gets to take advantage of all the natural light coming through the windowsThe children’s bedroom are also situated on the upper level
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.
The kids have their own bathroom with similarly elegant design featuresEye-catching artwork is displayed throughout the house, creating focal points
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.