Michel Tortel, Architect
Deconstructionist Contemporary Home, 2005
near Aix-en-Provence, FR
This genuine landscape-house with swimming pool is nested in greenery. Its geometric shape stems from the deconstructionist movement, along the same lines as the world-famous architect Zaha Hadid.
Up on the east side of the Mount Aurélien, it offers a panoramic view on the surrounding landscape while sheltering its residents of the Mistral wind. It is located at 20 minutes by car from Aix-en-Provence, 45 minutes from Marseille airport and 1h30 from Nice. There are stores and schools nearby. The house also enjoys many walking paths in enchanting settings.
Built on a 5600 m² plot, the house extends over a surface of 340 m². It includes on the ground floor a
James Delong, Architect
The Nowling Residence, 1962
La Habra Heights, CA
Arguably, Frank Lloyd Wright's early work was the genesis of California's celebrated open plan modern living. Apprentice and Taliesin Fellow James De Long embraces the tradition at the Nowling Residence. The entertainment living spaces are carefully defined by fine cabinetry and built-ins, but flow one to the other, and outdoors to the pool and gardens which are set in an old avocado grove. The home is sited for both privacy, and to afford panoramic views across the City to the Ocean. The beauty of the design is not just for show: wide eaves protect the interiors from the summer sun while allowing the low winter sun to warm the interiors. The master bedroom suite commands the
The Taggart House, 1922
Los Angeles, CA
The Taggart House, 1922. City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Landmark #521. First offering since 1976. From its entry above on Live Oak Drive, the living space cascades to the dramatic 2-story living room with loft dining above, then out to the exotic gardens. City views are framed by the geometric-patterned leaded glass windows. Includes: 3 bedrooms, den, and 3 baths with Wrightian detailing throughout.
Carl Koch, Architect
Zais Residence, 1957
Zais Residence, 1957. Expansion 1968 by Architect Morton Delson - SERENE LUXURY. Presenting a residence styled to celebrate the provocative essence of visual drama; a blend of modernistic and architectural interiors. This extraordinary property is distinguished by both superb aesthetic elements and exceptional value. The home flows with a sensual elegance; light, open, & quietly spectacular. A progression of glass offers serene greenscape, counted as one of the finest settings in Usonia. Meticulous attention to detail, with uncompromising quality, reflects a commitment to excellence by present original owners. 3 magnificent masonry brick fireplaces. Clean, architectural lines coexist with
Robert F. Gordon, Architect
Modern Living in Park-Like Setting
Architects: Robert F. Gordon, 1949, Tim Andersen, 1975, Fung and Blatt, 2004
An archaic overhead street signal suspended over the intersection marks Chaney Trail. A block up the trail the vast insensible City sprawl abruptly ends. Stress withers as one passes the old Nuccio's Nursery, turns on to the private drive, then into the residence parking area beneath mature oaks. Stepping out of the car the California ideal of living in nature begins anew.
Always complementing Gordon's early modernist vision of naturally integrating building with the site, the residence has organically evolved: Tim Andersen's new entry and living space has expanded entertaining
Stephen Hans Nuetzel, Architect
The wooded hillsides and decomposed granite outcroppings that define Pasadena's western border with LA are a playground for architect Stephen Hans Nuetzel. His contemporary work is informed by the distinct hillside topography, expansive views and rich architectural heritage of the area.
According to Mr. Nuetzel, this Modernist structure is a revision and expansion of the mid century house that occupied the beautiful down sloping hillside lot. The new design includes a state-of-the-art deep pile foundation expanding the existing lower level, a revamped floor plan with walls of glass, laminated beam ceilings and expansive decks. The modern kitchen opens to the living room
ObjeKt Design Studio
Nader Ghassemlou Residence, 2006
Signal Hill, CA
The Nader Ghassemlou Residence, 2006
With the late opening of a new view tract in historic Signal Hill, the residential park filled in rapidly with large popular style family houses. For his own residence Ghassemlou of ObjeKt Design Studio broke with the surrounding conformity, and built his residence, with a nod to the earlier industrial aesthetic, in the modern style of steel and glass allowing an enhanced lifestyle with more light, more air, and open space.
The hilltop site and prime corner lot affords City and Ocean views. Rigid frame steel construction not only allows flexible open plan interiors, but also accommodates a dramatic 85 foot uninterrupted
Marvin Beck, A.I.A.
Post & Beam Living in Benedict Canyon
Beverly Hills, CA
Post & beam living in the canyon with cook's kitchen among the pines in upper Benedict Canyon. Elevated above the thoroughfare, the design orients to an expansive back patio, making for a modernist tree-house a modest distance from Rodeo Drive. A private elevator links the ground-floor home office with its own bath and the residence one level up. Additional home â€œstudioâ€ basement space on the ground floor adds multiple live-work options, as well as exceptional storage capacity. Richly textured interiors illustrate alternatives to the â€œwhite-boxâ€ modern concept.
Frederick I. Roehrig, Architect
The Stowel House, 1895
The Stowel House, 1895 by Frederick I. Roehrig, Architect. Roehrig completed this magnificent example of late Victorian residential architecture at the end of Pasadena's pastoral era.
Finished the same year as the electric rail line from Pasadena to Los Angeles, the home reflects the spirit and optimism of that time. Threatened, the residence was relocated to its prominent Orange Grove Boulevard site in 1989 and was followed by an extensive restoration.
Original detailing, wood flooring, high ceilings and period-style wallpaper highlight the sense of history achieved here in the residence which includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, parlor/den, 3rd floor
Jouars Pontchartrain, FR
Very unusual house by its conception and its location: "La Renardire" (the fox's hole) is a house covered by vegetation in a forest on the fringe of a very nice golf course. Absolutely unique. Lit by large bay windows and by the many light wells, this home offers great luminosity whatever the weather. Ecological house due to the vegetation covering. Amazing accomodation 30 minutes away from Paris. Ideal for an artist: quiet and peaceful.