Minarc is an award-winning Santa Monica based architect and architects
design studio that specializes in modern, innovative,
and sustainable architecture and design. Serving Los Angeles, Santa Monica and beyond, our principal architects are
Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Assoc. IIDA & AIA, and
Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Assoc. AIA, who hail from
Iceland. They both take inspiration from the pure, austere
beauty of their home country for all of their architect projects.
Founded by the duo in 1999, Minarc (the name is a
play on “minimalism in architecture”) has grown
from a staff of two to over a dozen. Our Los Angeles and Santa Monica architect projects range from new construction to renovations; residential as well as commercial. All architects projects share an emphasis
on blurring the line between indoors and out through
the use of abundant natural light, outdoor living
spaces, and framed views of nature. Innovation in
use of materials is another hallmark of Minarc’s architect and architects
designs. Warm, natural materials such as walnut,
birch, and ipé are combined with cement panels,
pebble stones, and recycled tires.Los Angeles and Santa Monica are our main service areas.
Santa Monica and Los Angeles arcitects and architect
• Re-purposed, re-used, re-cycled 5-unit Los Angeles apartment building converted to a single-family residence by remodeling less than 50% of the existing architect
• Simple Eco-conscious design that is focused on functionality and creating a healthy breathing Santa Monica family architects environment.
• The design elements are oriented to take optimum advantage of natural light and cross ventilation.
• Maximum use of natural light to cut down on Los Angeles architects electrical cost.
• Interior/exterior courtyard allows for natural ventilation as do the master sliding window and living room sliders.
• Conscious Santa Monica architect effort in using only materials in their most organic form.
• Architects allowed: No paint – No tile – No carpet – No forced air (AC/HV)
• Light reflecting off glass railings bathe the house in rainbows
• Architect required Solar thermal radiant floor heating through-out the house
• Solar thermal domestic water heating
• Wood beams in the courtyard atrium using salvaged wood from original Los Angeles architects structure.
• Architects deisgned the Heated patio and fireplace for outdoor dining maximizes indoor/outdoor living. The courtyard veranda and hammock chairs off the playroom further connects the Santa Monica indoors and outdoors.
• Architects chose Floor material connected in an unobtrusive and whimsical manner to increase Los Angeles architect floor plan flow and space.
• Santa Monica Architects design and use of color inspired by dramatic landscape to create contrasting stimulating interior. The recycled architect wood kitchen island creates a multi-functional gathering point in the heart of the house. The Los Angeles orange back splash (volcanic) The blue (recycled glass) under the staircase (waterfall) combines elements of strength and infinity. Use of black rubber/cork for the face of the cabinets (lava) to create visual contrast.