L.C. Bauer, Designer & Builder
The Alfred E. Freeman House, 1926
The first of two estates commissioned by the Freemans during the economic optimism of the 1920s, their L.C. Bauer-designed home reflects the eclectic, interpretive designs of Southern California regional vernacular architecture. Incorporating elements of Italianate, Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean revival themes, Bauer's well-executed design reflects the growing milieu of architectural eclecticism which dominated the region until the great depression. Far from the harsh New England winters Alfred Freeman experienced until his retirement to Pasadena in 1926, the bucolic South Oak Knoll neighborhood near the Huntington Hotel provided an idyllic setting for Freeman and his wife. While
The Lawrence Residence, 1983-2004
Hermosa Beach, CA
Thom Mayne & Michael Rotondi, Architects
Harris Revisions: Daly, Genik, Architects
A rigorous post-modern approach to the design of this celebrated landmark of modern beach living has honed a structure strikingly apart from, yet correct for its beach city context. The resulting program triumphs with solutions over challenges posed by dense urbanism, and seaside entropy.
From the imposing three story entry, an elevator whisks one to the top floor where space, light and air are the hallmarks of living and dining areas surrounded by panoramic vistas dominated by the beach and ocean. There is a natural flow to the kitchen, and out to a garden roof
Raphaëlle Segond, Architect
French Riviera, FR
Designed by the architect Raphaëlle Segond as a "shelter" in relation to the surrounding nature, this contemporary house with clean lines, poured concrete, glass panels and wood cladding allows contemplation and sweetness of life. Ideally located on the heights of Grimaud, it offers since its terrace a wonderful view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Featuring 2700 square ft. on two levels, the house has on the ground floor a spacious entrance hall, a kitchen, a dining room and two bright rooms overlooking a large terrace sheltered by the roof overhang and vegetation, ideal to enjoy Mediterranean meals. We access from the outside to a third room for three persons. Each bedroom
The Renard Residence, 2003
Los Angeles, CA
Of the premier properties in the Hollywood Hills, few benefit from the spiritual gifts of the native hillside environment. Most of even the costliest properties such as those found on the "Bird Streets" are flat pads artificially cut out of the slope, and arrayed cheek by jowl to capture a commanding view. These properties follow the Western Tradition reflecting man's desire for power and control over nature. For the most part, the romantic California ideal of the house set within the garden is lost. In contrast, the Renard Residence follows the Eastern Tradition of living within nature not apart. Every element of the architecture is informed by the surrounding two acres of
Mixed Use Complex
Mixed Use Complex: Contemporary 2 + bedroom and 4 bedroom penthouse plus commercial space. Born of controversy but now celebrated, the creative vision of New York architects Smith-Miller and Hawkinson and dogged persistence of the owner expanded this resort town's vision of compatibility within its National Historic District. Using the vernacular of Telluride's mining and commercial buildings rather than the traditional foursquare late Victorian, and Gothic revival residences which predominate, a dynamic space for modern living and working has been achieved. Here at Plunge Landing, just steps from the gondola, the residence is elevated over its commercial space thus allowing
Angel del Monte, A.I.A.
Jeffrey Jones Residence, 2000
Brockway Springs, CA
Sited directly on Lake Tahoe, within a private gated 20 acre residential park, this A.I.A. Award winning residence offers a rare modern re-interpretation of alpine residential architecture. Critical planning for the elements informs the design, and enhances year round enjoyment, comfort, and communication with the natural environment. Crafted of wood, stone, steel and glass, the meticulously detailed residence incorporates a grand 2 story open plan living/dining area, library, study, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and recreation room. Communal recreational facilities include a year round swimming pool fed by the famous Brockway Hot Springs, deep water dock, tennis courts, and moorings by
Tom Kundig, Architect
Studio House, 1997
The Studio House stands as Tom Kundig's breakthrough project one that brought him in contact with a patron who was excited to experiment with raw materials in creating an interactive dwelling that was "rooted in the past, yet predictive of the future." Intentionally rustic and proven materials, such as structural steel and concrete are celebrated for the strength and connection to the elements that they provide, yet spaces are carefully edited, adhering to the disciplined, modernist line that has come to define Kundig's work.
The strict massing of the structure and meticulous sighting are gleefully contrasted with playfully interactive and industrial
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Millard House, 1923
Millard House (La Miniatura), 1923
Recognized by Wright as the earliest 'Usonian' house, La Miniatura is also the first residence to utilize Wright's highly inventive textile block building system. The Millard House is internationally recognized as one of the world's most important works of architecture. Now, following a multi-year restoration, the complex offers one of the most romantic, and creative living spaces anywhere. Sited on nearly an acre of gardens within the Prospect Historic District of Pasadena, the residence and studio include: 4 bedrooms, and 4 baths, 2 kitchens, living room, formal dining room, and semi-attached garages. The Millard
Gerald Horn, F.A.I.A.
Sharon's California House II, 1996
Manhattan Beach, CA
With its commanding choice corner lot in Manhattan Beach's popular Hill Section, this A.I.A. award winning residence has become a local landmark. The artistic architecture is a studied yet warm expression of modernism, and affords a rare and sophisticated backdrop for gracious living at the beach.
Custom steel truss beams vault the open plan interiors, while rhythmically set solid teak wood framed windows warm the space, and frame panoramic ocean vistas. Working in poured concrete, steel and glass, Horn has floated the embracing U-shaped living spaces above the interior courtyard which is walled and sheltered for outdoor privacy and comfort.
While only a few
Richard Meier, F.A.I.A.
The Stuart R. and Paula Shamberg House, 1972
Mount Kisco, NY
Designed by acclaimed modernist architect Richard Meier, this exciting home offers the rare opportunity live in a true work of art. Built in 1972 and expertly renovated in 2008, the expansive interiors are graced with an unusually light and airy ambience thanks to vast window walls that showcase the views. Dramatic entertaining rooms, a media room, luxurious master wing, two full kitchens, a gym and an Infinity pool with a waterfall are among the many highlights of this private and unique country retreat.
Designed for intimate living and entertaining, the residence features fine craftsmanship and a clean-lined aesthetic throughout its expansive living space. Comprised of a