Merit Award: Brilliant Bridge

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

A modest two-story addition to this 1950s modernist home is "brilliant, Rudolph Schindler incarnate," said one judge, referring to the modernist architect.

One of two side-by-side homes designed by an architect for himself and his daughter, this mid-century post-and-beam home needed more room for its family of four.

A glass-enclosed bridge links the 1,000-square-foot addition to the 2,200-square-foot existing home, minimizing intrusion and allowing the clients to remain present during construction.

The two-story addition consists of a second-floor master bedroom, closet, and master bath, and a painting and graphic design studio on the first. An 18-foot-wide operable glass door accesses the pool and garden area.

The master bedroom captures views to Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean.

Continuing the language of the existing house, the addition incorporates built-in furniture.

View from glass-enclosed bridge into new master bedroom.

View from existing space to the spa and adjacent pool. The master bedroom cantilevers five feet, providing protection from the sun. Operable windows, overhangs, and concrete floors are key elements of passive-solar design in Southern California.

The reflecting pool, in conjunction with the operable panel doors, help to cool the space.

Same view at night.

"It's extremely challenging to control the scale of this environment," said a judge.

View from existing interior.

Master bathroom.

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