A new eco-party spot’s having its grand opening in Culver City tomorrow night. Marrakesh House, a Morrocan design inspired sustainable living space remodeled by Chris Paine (best known as the director of Who Killed the Electric Car?), will throw open its doors for a Grand Opening Party with everything from eco-cocktails to wild animals.
The 4,300-square-foot house, described as “a 21st century sustainable showcase and plug-in vehicle mecca” boasts gorgeous sustainble furniture from Cisco Homes, an organic garden with a Tetris-inspired design, a Lemon Tree Teahouse made with 95% reclaimed materials, hi-tech water-saving toilets — and even a chicken coop and bee hive!
Electric car enthusiasts will be most impressed by the 3 electric vehicle charging systems in the garage, where Chris Paine’s Tesla (below), EV Rav 4 and electric bike are housed. 60% of the house’s energy — including that used to charge the vehicles — comes from the solar panels on the house’s roof!
Much of the material used in the house are reclaimed, including a church pew turned garden bench and kitchen cabinets turned garden cabinets. Marrakesh House also has the usual eco-friendly touches like LED lights and zero VOC paints — and a serene view of California’s newest park in Culver City.
Perhaps the least eco aspect of Marrakesh House is that it’s located in a spot that’s basically only accessible by car. On the upside, Plug In America volunteers shuttled visitors from the valet spot to the the house in all-electric cars — meaning some lucky guests got to take rides in a gorgeous red Tesla.
Want to see Marrakesh House in person? Buy tickets for the grand opening tomorrow NOW, as general admission tickets are sold out and $50 VIP tickets — which include access to a hosted bar — are going fast. Entertainment includes Ben Lee, Naked Rhythm, Danyavaad featuring Indiriani, KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel, Marrakesh House resident DJ Evil — and live animals from the Wildlife Learning Center.
In addition to meeting and mingling with your green-minded fellow Angelenos, you’ll get to nibble on Morrocan-style cuisine from eco-restaurant Akasha. Once you buy the ticket, you’ll get an email with the exact address of Marrakesh House. The party begins at 5 pm and goes late night — See you there!
Photos by Siel