So, I wasn’t able to teleport myself from Brooklyn to LA to attend Dwell on Design but from what I gather one of the show’s highlights didn’t take place in the confines of the Los Angeles Convention Center but off-site at a private residence in Santa Monica.

The nation’s very first LEED Platinum Certified home, an award-winning prefab beauty from LivingHomes, was open for public tours this past weekend in Santa Monica to concur with Dwell on Design (LivingHomes also had a booth at the event proper). Completed in 2006 and designed by "warm-modernist" Ray Kappe, the super-efficient home consists of 11 factory-built modules that were installed onsite in 8 hours. In the past few years, the home has garnered plenty of attention and received no shortage of press but opportunities for public tours aren’t exactly a dime a dozen.

As mentioned, I wasn’t able to tour the home in the flesh but the folks from LivingHomes — who, by the way, currently have 10 other LEED Platinum building projects in the works — were kind enough to point me in the direction of a few drool-worthy photos of the home's interior. In case you haven’t seen ithem before, you have my permission to start drooling away …  



To learn more about past and upcoming projects from LivingHomes, head on over to the firm's website. And for more sustainable architecture eye candy, be sure to check out the LivingHomes Flickr account and blogger Siel's tour of the Kohler LivingHome. Dwell on Design attendees: did you make it over to Santa Monica for a tour? 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Dwell On Design: LivingHomes Santa Monica house
The first LEED Platinum home in the U.S., a Ray Kappe-designed Santa Monica stunner from LivingHomes, opens its doors to Dwell on Design attendees.