An architectural paragon of artistry and building science, The Wave House, designed and built by Mario Romano, presents a new way of living the Venice, California lifestyle. Fluid spaces, walls of windows and intricately-carved surfaces that mirror nature’s unique geometry yield a seamless flow of harmonious indoor/outdoor living.
A bold addition to its neighborhood, The Wave House is cloaked in a white aluminum skin and stained cedar blocks which decorate a flush wall, concealing the direct access garage. Passing through the gated courtyard entry, an impressive 9-foot front door, born from skateboard decks, pivots to reveal the living room with 14-foot ceilings towering above.
Adjacent to the grand entrance is a guest suite and further ahead, the dining area framed by a wall of a thousand cubes. Beyond the open and well-appointed kitchen rests an additional, more intimate family room that overlooks the large grassy lawn, ideally suited for casual moments and respite.
Designed to host a rich coastal life, these central living areas remain ever-open to two outdoor spaces by way of 9.5-foot single-pane sliding glass walls, offering immense private views. The inner courtyard features a swimming pool, spa and terrace, while the backyard and outdoor theatre command the rear of the approximately 11,000-square-foot lot, allowing ample space for children, pets and life’s great adventures.
Throughout each interior space, one is beckoned to touch the intricately-carved walls, many of them rippling and radiating with their own distinct and sensual textures. Performance and purpose come into play on the second level where the uniquely scripted and custom carved solid surfaces extend to the floor.
From continual 40-foot undulating lines leading you through the hall to the spherical grooves drawing the eye to the center of one of five bedrooms, this custom one-of-a-kind floor imparts tranquility and well-being on those who tread upon it.
While each non-repetitive surface delivers its own experience, the spaces of The Wave House flow effortlessly as if arriving at the satisfying solution to a complex equation, destined to shape a harmonious, rhythmic life for its inhabitants.
Mario Romano is an artist specializing in architecture, design and digital fabrication. He is committed to articulating expressive geometries and manifesting them into the built environment. “That’s architecture,” he says, “from poetry to reality.”
With an affinity for affected space, Romano has pioneered his own design-build systems, combining algorithmic tools or scripts with robotics, like CNC machining technology. Having designed and built over $50 million worth of high-end residential projects from the ground up, Romano’s vision and expertise is pushing the envelope of the design-build environment. He is manifesting what he calls, “a second nature.”
Defining a new realm of the urban landscape, Romano literally sculpts his homes, sometimes standing across the street directing the building process like a jamming band of musicians, very often articulating and guiding architectural innovation in real time. In more ways than one, Mario Romano is rocketing into the future. In another, he is returning to the organic.