December 13, 2010

CAL GREEN | January 1st, 2011

California continues to lead the way in the U.S. to reduce the impact buildings have on the environment. “CAL GREEN” goes into effect on January 1st, 2010.The California Green Building Standards Code is a code with mandatory requirements for new residential and nonresidential buildings throughout California. The code is Part 11 of the California Building Standards Code in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations and is also known as the CALGreen.

In short, the code is established to reduce construction waste, make buildings more efficient in the use of materials and energy, and reduce environmental impact during and after construction.

November 18, 2010


The construction of the residential development in Atenas, Costa Rica has come to completion after 8 month of construction. It is expected to complete landscaping and interior design within the next 6-8 weeks. 

Costa Rica Houe Design

October 25, 2010


Architect Marcus Brown, Halil Dolan and Christian Kienapfel from PARAVANT ARCHITEKTUR were invited to the Guest Lecture series in the School of Architecture + Design.
The lecture was titled "Departure and Evolution" took place on Thursday October 21st 2010 in Blacksburg, VA.

October 7, 2010

September 7, 2010

PREFAB AGENDA - sustainable dwelling design for the 21st century

PARAVANT ARCHITEKTUR has most recently been published in "PREFAB AGENDA - sustainable dwelling design for the 21st century" the latest online book by Robert Mendel:

"Sustainable Dwelling Design for the 21st Century describes the global challenges we face and how prefab building technologies can effectively address the crucial issues of sustainability and affordability. .... Many of these systems are not well known despite the fact that they are innovative, efficient and cost-effective. These include modular, panelized, steel, aluminum, foam, concrete, hybrid and kit assembly systems."

Among those profiled are:
  • KieranTimberlake
  • Michelle Kaufmann
  • LivingHomes
  • Oskar Leo Kaufmann & Albert Ruf
  • Paravant
  • Graft
  • Kjellgren Kaminsky
  • Hive
  • Larry Sass and 
  • Eric Owen Moss

September 2, 2010

"New Concept Architecture" by Rihan

The book "New Concept Architecture" has been published by Rihan in August 2010. Three projects of PARAVANT ARCHITEKTUR are featured in this new 2 volume book (ISBN: 978-988-18758-5-3). 

  • Benetton Retail 
  • Interfaith Center Los Angeles
  • Urban Planning Tempelhof Berlin


PARAVANT ARCHITEKTUR has opened its new branch office in Shanghai, China. This new office location will help to better serve our clients in the Asian market. You can reach PARAVANT at The office is located at 1-403 Guangfu Road | 200070 Shanghai | P.R. China.


PARAVANT ARCHITEKTUR's Los Angeles downtown office located at 811 Wilshire Blvd. | 17th Floor has an additional new phone number. You can reach us now any time at (213) 787.6330.

June 21, 2010

Charter School for Los Angeles

PARAVANT is creating an optimal learning environment for the students of KIPP LA at one of its new locations in South Los Angeles, CA. This plan provides 20 classrooms for 620 students. Each classroom has access to a skygarden which is open to the outside. This proposal also has multiple window seats, a unique student lounge space, and various floor openings which allow for moments of architectural interest. The walls on the classroom side of the corridors on the second floor are skewed. This distorts the perspective and breaks up the experience of the long tunnel-like corridor. The third floor dining area is a free-form exterior space, providing natural light through its glass walls to the remainder of the circulation area and classrooms.

June 20, 2010

Passive House "two" | Passiv Haus "Zwei"

PARAVANT Architects in Los Angeles, California is proposing it's second house using the "European Passive House Technology". Passive House II  is a two bedroom, two bath single family residence with a detached carport. During the hot summer month a movable sun protection louver screen is shading the glazed winter garden. During the cooler month the glazed area is used to heat the building. 
More information about how PARAVANT is using More passivHAUS technology in the U.S. can be found at our website at or at facebook.

June 10, 2010

"Richtfest" | "Topping-Out Ceremony"

The residential portion of the project in San Jose Costa Rica just celebrated the so called "Richtfest" (German for Topping-Out Ceremony). This indicates that a milestone in the construction process has been reached. Completion is expected to be on time this summer. Please see below current images of the buildings.

May 8, 2010

3rd Energy Efficiency Symposium | German American Chamber of Commerce | UCLA

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa opened the 3rd Energy Efficiency Symposium and welcomed the German Delegation. Mayor Villaraigosa speaks about the responsibility the City of Los Angeles has in regard to Climate Change. The mayor predicts a great future for "Green-Tech-Companies" in LA.

The Symposium was organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce and took place at the UCLA Campus on Monday April 26, 2010. The event is part of the Export Initiative supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. PARAVANT ARCHITEKTUR a member of "Energie Effizienz made in Germany" participated in business matchmaking meetings after the conference.

April 20, 2010


The development for a Los Angeles based client located outside of San Jose, Costa Rica is designed by PARAVANT ARCHITECTS. The project is now since 8 weeks under construction and the completion is expected in the summer of 2010.

March 21, 2010

Michelle Kaufmann

Michelle Kaufmann is reporting about the "Passive House" designed by PARAVANT ARCHITEKTUR

Quote from Michelle Kaufman: "... , “Passive House"  designed by Paravant is elegant and beautiful, as well as efficient. It utilizes passive design components and techniques that allow the warmth from the sun during the winter but not the summer. I love the sliding screen over the winter garden and the courtyard."


February 27, 2010


PARAVANT ARCHITEKTUR has been published in the new “1000xARCHITECTURE OF THE AMERICAS” book. The project featured is the Center for Communities of Faith (CCFaith) - A new Interfaith-Center for the greater Los Angeles area:

The design of The Center for Communities of Faith is based on a vacant property located in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, California. This 15.5 acre parcel sits high upon the hill and affords panoramic views of the San Fernando Valley. The Center is designed in such a fashion as to allow most every faith tradition to comfortably use the facilities and the visitors of every faith to feel welcome. The chapel, amphitheater, conference center and surrounding gardens were designed by incorporating the most advanced active and passive technologies of sustainable design available:

  • Photovoltaic panel stretching over the amphitheater roof area and are shading at the same time the plaza 
  • The chapel roof with the sky-eye-light is assembled consisting of multiple glazing layers with laminated glass photovoltaic panel; Photovoltaic panel cover the roof of the conference center;
  • Vertical Louver protecting the exterior layer of the chapel
  • Thermal buffer spaces around chapel and conference center to reduce temperature swing
  • Deep roof overhangs are shading the  conference center facade
  • Cross ventilation is provided in all building portions of the complex
  • Natural day lighting for all offices and assembly rooms, exterior adjustable shades
  • Vacuum glazing systems for increase insulation value
  • Increase roof insulation and cool roof finishes
  • Green roof at some portions of buildings
  • Geothermal Heat exchanger to reduce cooling loads
  • Cooling walls and ceiling cooling panel in conference center
  • Grey water collection for irrigation & restrooms
  • High efficient water use fixtures
  • LED illumination
The layout of the chapel, with its attached amphitheater, is based on the vesica piscis, which commonly symbolizes a sense of unity or common ground. Not only religious unity shall be achieved with this new center but also harmony between man and nature.

February 13, 2010


Architects Symposium on the Opportunities of Renewable Energy
An event sponsored by the German Chamber of Architects BDA & Stiebel Eltron, the largest manufacturer of water heaters in Germany, stimulates the discussion on the possibilities that enormous, renewable energy resources provide and how they can be can be used. Various topics have been included in the day-long event at the Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg, Germany.

Guest speaker Halil Dolan, a German Architect from Los Angeles, California presented the provocative question: “Today, in the age of population explosion and shortage of resources, professionals in architecture have to ask themselves what they have contributed in the last four decades toward protecting the environment. Apart from the introduction of world-wide energy saving standards, the development of the architecture industry has been merely reduced to going through various architectural styles. The roots for environmental concern have been marginalized, and therefore opportunities for environmental protection have been missed.”

Tajo Friedemann from international real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle illustrated the building situation from the perspective of the real estate industry, Dr. Kai Schiefelbein, Managing Director of the Technology Department of Stiebel Eltron, inspired the approximately 150 present architects with a practical presentation on the Integration of renewable energy in today's architecture and informed about the different products that use renewable energy in current buildings.

The event ended with a visit of the Plus Energy House which was built and designed by the internationally renowned architect Prof. Manfred Hegger and his students from the TU Darmstadt for the Solar Decathlon 2007 competition in the U.S. The project has won the first prize and is an ideal example of sustainable architecture with efficient building services from Stiebel Eltron.

Also Andreas Denk, chief editor of the magazine "the architect" led the event as a moderator and predicted a fundamental change in architecture and compared these developments with other historic upheavals in the architectural history. Dr. Reiner presented two urban development projects in Duesseldorf and Aachen which are equipped with the heat pump system and demonstrated the connection of social and economic sustainability.

Below: Image of First Prize Project Entry of the TU Darmstadt for the Solar Decathlon 2009.

January 30, 2010


This high-end single family residence is located in the mountains outside of San Jose, Costa Rica and is designed by PARAVANT ARCHITECTS for a client living in Los Angeles, CA. This house is developed in close response to the rhythms and materials of the subtropical climate in Costa Rica. We sought to embrace the fundamental environmental intentions while creating a contemporary place of strong individual character and quiet complexity. Each part of the house responds to its specific site conditions. The south fa├žade opens to the adjacent city of Atenas with full or partial shading. The east is shaped as an intimate court yard between the main residence and the artist studio with mountain views. The courtyard is a contemporary interpretation of a garden of native grasses and rocks that suggest the connection of the mountain and the valley. The movement and transparency though the heart of the house complete this spatial link. The project consists of a main residence, an artist studio, an office and a gate-house with more than 6500 sq.ft. of livable space. 

Sustainable features as integrated elements of this new building in Costa Rica:
  • Photovoltaic-panel (electricity)
  • Wind turbine (electricity)
  • Solar-panel (hot water)
  • Deep roof overhangs for shading
  • Louver shading system
  • Thermal buffer and cooling walls
  • Cross ventilation
  • Natural day lighting
  • Insulated glazing systems
  • Cold roof
  • Grey water collection
  • High efficient water use fixtures
  • LED lighting
  • Waste-water treatment plant on site
  • Vernacular material
  • Tropical landscape design

The project started construction in February 2010. Architect team: PARAVANT ARCHITECTS and SAAR

January 24, 2010


The “German-Passive-House-Technology” strategy is not limited to single family residences – the name seems to be misleading. One of the most recent examples is a 5-story multifamily building completed in Berlin, Germany this year.

PARAVANT ARCHITECTS mission is to promote and introduce Passive Houses to our US clients and help them to increase building-energy and cost-efficiency. Please refer to the linked article (sorry, it is in German only) but we wanted to share the news.


PARAVANT ARCHITECTS located in Los Angeles are promoting the “German Passive House Technology” which has been used successfully in hundreds of buildings over the past 10 years in Europe. This established building technology enables to reduce the energy consumption by up to 90% while at the same time creating a comfortable building. Currently, only a hand full of “Passive Homes” has been developed in the United States. Other typologies as office buildings, mixed-use buildings, public buildings and schools can be build using this standard.

Passive buildings are using the following improved basic construction materials/methods:
  • More insulation 
  • Better windows  
  • High air tightness 
  • Heat recovery from exhaust air
These small measures result in a drastic reduced demand for heating and cooling of the building. Passive buildings have a high thermal comfort, very good indoor air quality and are cost-efficient.

Passive House Architect Los Angeles