Three houses, all vastly different in their forms, materials, and execution with one common feature: an in-character, if slightly quirky, take on a cupola that provides light and, in all but one case, extra living space for its owners. In every case, the light source creates a signature, whether on top of trendsetting custom designs or adding visual interest to a SoCal production home, and an encouragement to the industry to let fly with a little extra height.
Project: Style Setter 80s, Upland, Calif.; Entrant/ Architect: Berkus Group Architects (now B3, A Berkus Design Studio), Santa Barbara, Calif.; Builder: Lewis Homes, Upland
Project: Connecticut house, Waterford, Conn.; Entrant/Architect: Graham Gund Architects (now Gund Partnership), Cambridge, Mass.; Builder: Jose Ponte, Pawtucket, Conn.
Project: Fiore, Irvine, Calif.; Entrant/Builder: Pardee Homes, San Diego; Architect: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Santa Ana, Calif.