Manna House
Manna House
Jeremy Levine Design

Sustainable Systems and Green Materials

Sustainable Systems and Green Materials
1) Photovoltaic solar energy system
2) Grey water recycling system - takes water from the -bathroom sinks and showers, and the washing machine, filtering it and pumping it to the fruit trees in the garden
3) Rain water collection system
4) Passive Cooling - uses low windows on the windward side and high windows on the leeward side of the house. Cross ventilation is maximized by eliminating most of the interior walls and aligning windows and sliding glass doors. Ceiling fans are distributed across the ceiling to move the warm air out when there is no natural breeze.
5) In order to reduce the size of the house, we used efficient efficient custom storage system of movable shelves and cabinets runs through the length of the house. This allows for a smaller, but smarter building.
6) Natural Daylighting - uses interior clerestory windows and transoms to allow all of the rooms to borrow light from each other.

1) recycled flooring for the first structure, patched together and left roughly finished.
2) plywood floors for the second structure
3) Ceilings of both structures are plywood, cut into horizontal boards.
4) Composite decking made of recycled content.
5) All of the Interior doors are made of recycled flooring from the existing house
6) Poured in place concrete countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, use recycled fly ash
8) Non VOC Paints and Stains
9) All plumbing fixtures are low-flow energy efficient
10) All electrical appliances are energy star rated
-LED and fluorescent lighting fixtures
11) Ductless Mini-Split HVAC system zoned for maximum efficiency

Jeremy Levine Design
Designer: Jeremy Levine, Assoc. AIA, Principal
Associate Designer: Jonathon Pickup
Structural Engineer: Micheal Ciortea
General Contractor: Juan Macias Construction
Photography by Tom Bonner

Project Narrartive
The client asked for this hillside house to be as colorful as possible and utilize sustainable materials and technology, both passive and active.

Like many architects, I tend to err on the side of using less color, rather than more. But this client wanted more color rather than less. A lot more.

I happened to be driving through Pasadena and passed the Norton Simon Museum of Art. A large banner announced an art exhibit, ‘Surface Truths: Abstract painting in the Sixties”. Bingo

I called my client and we both saw the show and talked about the abstract fields of color in the paintings of Kenneth Nolan and Josef Albers.

The result is the Manna house, which lives on the ridge of a steep hillside in Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Because the house sits in a special zoning area, we were not allowed to increase the square footage of the existing house. To solve this puzzle, we built a separate structure and connected it to the old house with a structurally independent deck. We gutted and remodeled the old house and seamed the two buildings are together with an undulating facade of colored panels and windows. All of the facade elements fit into a twelve inch horizontal grid that wraps its way around the house and continues inside.

The house is a teaching tool and example for the owner's students of sustainable architecture. Leading by example, the house runs on solar power and features an array of sustainable systems and materials.
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