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Location:Santa Monica, CA
Architect:Ray Kappe, FAIA
Year Built:2006
Fact:Constructed of factory-built modules, erected on the site-built foundation in 13 hours.

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Z6 House
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The buildings that we live in and use are rich in history and significance — monuments to our communities‘ and nation‘s image and innovation. More than mere buildings, America‘s most recognizable structures and those not so well known in our communities, influence our lives and inspire us to dream. They are the Shape of America.

To mark The American Institute of Architects 150th anniversary in 2007, Americans from coast to coast engaged in a conversation about these structures, voting for their favorite buildings, bridges, monuments and memorials. Now the AIA is continuing the national dialogue through a stimulating series of videos, in which AIA architects share their personal stories, opinions and insights about these works of architecture.

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What strikes me is that it's a very beautiful, modern house. It's a very interesting way to show that modern houses can incorporate energy savings and smart material use. Almost like going back to the idea of what modernism was intended to be–that is, very simple, straightforward, manufactured, potentially mass produced, available to everyone.

Susan S. Szenasy

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