Estate of the Arts

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    William MacCollum

    Before: Two separate, three-story apartments got the makeover of their lives.

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    William MacCollum

    After: Now a stylish, 3,800-square-foot home occupies the same footprint but in a vastly updated form.

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    2000

    William MacCollum

    The living room's floor-to-ceiling windows highlight the home's scenic vistas.

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    William MacCollum

    As shown here, the new owners also wanted plenty of space for their art collection, which also meant controlling the amount of light in the space as well. The solution: motorized roller shades and UV-protected glass.

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    2000

    William MacCollum

    The home's interior palette reflects the client's enthusiasm for texture and color: mahogany ceilings hover over rift white oak cabinets and bamboo floors.

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    William MacCollum

    The home's facade features a large Corten steel panel over the limestone entryway.

 

Priorities

  • Convert two three-story apartments into one single-family home

  • Provide display spaces for the client’s large art collection

  • Protect the art from the now abundant sunlight that fills the home

Solutions

When architect Michael Lee at his eponymous firm in Manhattan Beach, Calif., was tasked with turning two three-level apartments into one single-family home, he knew there would be a lot more involved than just knocking down a few walls. Add to that the clients were a pair of artists wanting plenty of display areas for their creations, and it was evident this would not be a standard demo/design-build job.

The home’s ocean views meant a vast expanse of glass, however a series of motorized roller shades that strongly filtered UV rays were installed to protect the large amount of artwork. The home’s materials palette — both interior and exterior — reflected the client’s passion for color and texture.

Judges’ comments

There’s an “open, airy … wonderful feeling throughout the home.”

Products Used

Bath fittings/fixtures:Hansgrohe

Brick/masonry: concrete (cast in place)

Countertops:Caesarstone

Flooring: bamboo

Garage doors: lauan

Roofing: hot-mop

Siding: Cor-Ten steel

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