Trust us, you don't want to miss this weekend's Venice Art Walk & Auctions (May 19-20), which in addition to showing off the area's wealth of art studios and galleries, will introduce you to some of its finest new architecture. That's impressive because everybody knows that Venice has more architects per square foot than pretty much anywhere else. This year, the event's silent auctions and festivities will take place in Google's brand new headquarters (above), a high tech office/playground inside the famous Chiat/Day offices. Architecture tours—one focusing on Venice's east side and another on its ocean side—will bring you to Predock Frane's beautiful new house, a series of luminous white squares (including steel cubes protruding from the facade to create chairs and a day bed) that opens up to an amazing zen garden in back (more on this house in AN's upcoming West Coast issue). You'll also get to see homes and studios designed by Steven Ehrlich, Warren Wagner/W3, Cliff Garten, Steven Shortridge, Huguette Caland, Monolith Design Group, and 5D Studio. The event benefits the Venice Family Clinic. Get your tickets here.
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One of the perks of being an architect is the excuse to build yourself the coolest of all possible houses (despite any budget holes it may push you into). An excellent way to explore this phenomenon comes at this weekend's Venice Art Walk + Auctions, and their Art and Architecture Tours. Featured on the tours is one of the wackiest houses we've ever seen: Architect Tony Coscia's own Skywave House (above), a serpentine sculptural form unraveling itself from a single plane and hovering over a glass base. Another highlight is Glenn Williams' Guitar House, a cubist creation that the architect designed for himself after being inspired by a Picasso painting of a guitar. The tours also include Maya Lin's Nichols Beach House, Lin's first built project in the west, which connects living spaces to a lofty arts studio via a multi-story deck. The Art Walk itself includes visits to more than 50 artists’ studios and special exhibits as well as a 400-piece silent art auction.