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Designed by and for Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa of the Santa Monica-based firm Pugh + Scarpa, the Solar Umbrella House takes its name from Paul Rudolph's mid-20th-century Umbrella House in Sarasota, Florida. Rudolph's design featured a large wooden trellis over the house that also extended over an outdoor terrace and swimming pool. Though the trellis beyond the house has since been removed, the house itself - a simple glass and steel box with a double-height living space - helps justify its label as "one of the five most remarkable houses of the 20th century" given by Architectural Digest, while keeping the design from being a one-liner that is completely dependent upon the umbrella.

Solar Umbrella in Venice, California by Pugh + Scarpa