The Solar Umbrella House designed by Pugh & Scarpa Architects has landed on Curbed LA's "Best LA Buildings - Top of the Aughts (runnerups)"
According to their website:
Built in 2005, the project was chosen as an AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project for 2006.
The Amazing Invisible, Energy-Efficient House:
Solar Umbrella House by Pugh + Scarpa.
Proving it is indeed possible to marry affordability, sustainability, and high design, architects Larry Scarpa and Angela Brooks' 2005 remodel of a 1920s Venice bungalow was at the forefront of solar design strategies. Inspired by Paul Rudolph's Umbrella House of 1953, it's almost 100% energy neutral, cost less than $400,000 to remodel, and--spoiler alert--appears to have no walls, no windows, and no roof. Hey, we said appears, since it has all of those things, and 89 amorphous photovoltaic panels for energy.
An extensive description of the house can be found on the AIA website here.
The house was also featured in a 2007 episode of 'Building the Ultimate House' TV series which has a page dedicated to it here.