The Marrakesh House: A hidden oasis of sustainable living in Los Angeles

Posted on 19. Jun, 2009 by in Design & Culture

A Tesla for valet? Yes, indeed. The electric sports car was part of the introduction lunch to the Marrakesh House, owned by Chris Paine. Paine, director of Who Killed the Electric Car?, purchased the home in 2007 with the goal of transforming the space into a model home for sustainable living in the 21st century.   

The number of green elements infused into the 4,300 square-foot Culver City house are endless! To start, the solar-paneled roof, powered by Mitsubishi Electric,  produces enough energy to supply approximately 60% of the house’s electricity.  Dig deeper and you’ll find all the wood used in the house is FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council).

A two panel solar thermal array which can heat water for four people on average and an on-demand hot water heater is used in the kitchen.  The cabinets in the kitchen and bar are made of FSC formaldehyde-free bamboo and toilets in the house are low-flow to reduce water consumption.

Step outside of the Morocco-themed rooms and you’ll find the the organic living food garden.  The three-season garden, designed by Christy Wilhelmi, is filled with a variety of edible plants, housed in wood planters post-consumer milk crates. An organic garden wouldn’t be complete without a compost bin, worm bin, and chicken coop. The Marrakesh house has it all!

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