This 8,525-square-foot, single-story structure will undoubtedly become the social centerpiece of this new urban master planned community. “We wanted it to feel like a high-end resort,” says project architect Robert Williams of KTGY Group. “We went for a warm contemporary look—a departure from the traditional Tuscan or Santa Barbara style.”

The multi-tone Jerusalem limestone façade makes a bold statement, and a pair of massive, handmade steel entry doors open to a broad concourse area. This transitional space serves as the spine of the structure, connecting two wings. One wing houses the fitness area; the other, several multipurpose rooms that are flexible enough for town hall meetings or fancy dinner parties.

Walls of glass at the rear of the building reveal 2,500 square feet of covered patio and bar space with lounging areas and a fabulous pool with barbecue stations and private cabanas, surrounded by lush landscaping.

A barrel vault standing-seam metal roof tops off this modern masterpiece. “We needed some height,” says Johnson. “So we added a tower that pops through the roofline.”

At night, the glowing glass in the 40-foot-high crow’s nest is visible for miles and serves as a landmark for the community and the city of Irvine.

CATEGORY: Community recreation building or clubhouse
BUILDER/DEVELOPER: Lennar Homes, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: The Collaborative West, San Clemente, Calif.
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Dianna Wong Architecture & Interiors, Los Angeles

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Los Angeles, CA.