Merit Award: Brilliant Bridge

An addition to a 1950s home connects to the existing structure via a glass-enclosed bridge.

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Challenge: To add a bedroom, bath, and painting studio with minimal disruption to a 1950s modernist post-and-beam home. A glass-enclosed bridge connects the two-story 1,000-square-foot addition, circumventing code-mandated seismic upgrades to the existing home. Judging notes: “Brilliant — Rudolph Schindler incarnate.”

Location: Santa Monica, Calif.
DesignerMichael W. Folonis, FAIA & Associates, Santa Monica
Contractor:  Hinerfeld-Ward, Los Angeles, Calif.

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