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
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.
There’s an “open, airy … wonderful feeling throughout the home.”
Brick/masonry: concrete (cast in place)
Garage doors: lauan
Siding: Cor-Ten steel