Sharon’s California House II, 1996
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 minutes walk to town or the beach, the premier location allows for convenient guest parking, and quiet enjoyment of the Manhattan Beach environment. Residence includes: living room and formal dining room, family room that opens to the private courtyard and direct entrance 2 car garage.
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Of all John Entenza’s California Case Study Program participants, Rodney Walker was the most hands on designer. Julius Shulman recalled Rodney up on a tractor preparing a site on Mulholland Drive for one of his visionary projects. From finding the site, to site preparation, design and execution Rodney was involved with every detail. With his own family residence in Ojai, California it is understandable that this total immersion in process as well as his creativity, unrestricted by the constraints of clients wishes, has resulted in a true masterpiece of twentieth century modern architecture.
While the designs of Rodney’s three Case Study residences are internationally known and celebrated today, his personal residence in Ojai remains virtually unknown, even though those who do know the work acknowledge the creation as his most significant. Rodney modestly did not flaunt his riches.
Rodney was not the first to utilize the equilateral triangle in architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright utilized a modular system of equilateral triangles in some of his designs, and John Lautner designed a small residence with a perimeter in the shape of an equilateral triangle like Rodney’s in 1950. Nevertheless, the Walker Residence design, without sacrificing utility, epitomizes the utilization of the form in the creation of an unsurpassed statement of what today has become popularly known as the modern California lifestyle of indoor-outdoor living.
The carefully chosen site is a unique hilltop on the west side of the Ojai Valley which affords 270 degree panoramic vistas while still providing total privacy for the occupants. Curtain glass walls and mobile glass panels are set back beneath the roof eaves and structural perimeter. From the interiors the effect is cineramic. To steal from Wright: from this vantage you don’t just see the Valley and the Mountains, you are the Valley and the Mountains! The experience is transcendent, and not fleeting. Communing with nature here is a moment by moment daily reality.
The site is over 3.4 acres. A gated private drive curves gently up the hill to a generous parking plaza and the residence entry. In addition to the living areas, there are four bedrooms, media room and three baths.
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The 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 House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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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 terrace.
Verticality is broken by a multi split-level floor plan incorporating a master bedroom with built-ins, fireplace, ample closets, and ocean views. There are two additional bedrooms, 2.5 luxuriously appointed baths, den/library, wine cellar, laundry and 2 car garage.
Additional contiguous buildable lot is included.
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The sculpted, stainless steel door, a work of art on its own, pivots on its axis, inviting guests into this 5200-square-foot, concrete, steel and glass Ray Kappe designed house on Manhattan Beach’s world-famous Strand, inches from the sand and sea.
A three-story atrium, paneled in teak, is filled with exotic plants. A floating staircase, with glass steps leads to the media room, three bed-rooms, six baths and a pool deck. For the less athletic, there is an elevator.
Located on a northern corner and cradled in the curve of the coastline, the house commands a Queen’s Necklace view that extends from the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina to the south, and north all the way to Malibu.
It’s a very sexy, romantic house, it’s a fantastic weekend retreat for someone who wants a second home, or for somebody who wants to get out of the city and live at the beach full time.
Above, the master suite is open and light-filled, a loft-like space that projects outward, over the living room, sharing its monumental windows and spectacular views of the beach. The bedroom is completely surrounded by curtains that can enclose for privacy and darkness. Above, a translucent Japanese-inspired screen can be retracted, opening the high-ceilinged room to the domed skylight.
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Historic Libbey Ranch, 1923. Wallace Neff, architect, with later alterations and outbuildings by Austen Pierpont. The romance of the Arbolada is alive and well at the Libbey Ranch. Here industrialist Edmund Drummond Libbey reserved the finest oaken lands of the Arbolada for his ranch/estate. Pierpont’s French Country additions merge comfortably with the award winning Spanish Colonial architecture of Neff’s stables. Recent restorations and interior design by Kathryn M. Ireland result in a picturesque and timeless 7+ acre country estate that affords one of the last authentic statements of early “California Lifestyle.” Main residence includes: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, heavy-beamed great hall with massive fireplace and plank floors, new country kitchen/dining room, library/loft, artist’s studio, new landscaping and swimmers pool. Stable clock with paddocks and other outbuildings including guest quarters, smithy, gatekeeper’s cottage and 4-car carriage house garage.
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