Completed in 2020, the Broad Beach Residence is defined by its tapered form that lifts above the ground and expands towards the horizon line. The house’s facade is modest and unembellished, but the entry portal is adorned with black and white geometric murals by artist Sol Lewitt, which are reflected in the mirrored, highly polished steel front doors. This family home was designed to maximize beachfront views, the entryway frames the ocean vista and extends its visual boundaries. The 10,700 square foot house contains two-bedrooms with generous guest quarters, and functions as a frame for the artwork by Lewitt, which is installed throughout. The design's formal inflection scales the domestic in counterpoint to the horizon. Lewitt’s murals are made with robust paint by a team, according to the artist’s written instructions. These were chosen as the primary artwork in the house not only because of the way their aesthetics could be incorporated into the design, but because they are uniquely suited to address environmental factors specific to beachfront homes, such as heavy salinity and humidity, which can cause rapid deterioration of artworks. In addition to being created using degradation-resistant materials, the drawings. In a worst-case scenario, the drawings can be reapplied. Past the entry, visitors are met with views out to the horizon while more of Lewitt’s murals grace the walls that skirt the entrance hall. The polished-concrete floors lead to a broad stair, and down to the main level that contains living and dining spaces. This connected and open space includes glass exterior walls that can slide completely open to the sand outside. An exterior berm created to prevent erosion and wave damage gives the house privacy. The triangle shaped midsection hovers above the outdoor space and two rectangular masses, drawing inspiration from classic courtyard configurations. The front mass contains service areas at the entry level. The central triangular mass includes two large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, each with panoramic ocean views and deck access. The front rectangular mass has four guest rooms on its lower level. Each of these guest rooms open to the central courtyard’s pool and basketball court. Views out to the ocean are maintained even in these tucked away spaces thanks to the glass enclosed living and dining room in the other rectangular mass placed to the water's edge. In the central courtyard, large, round columns support the triangular mass above that curves elegantly and dramatically as it connects to one of the rectangular volumes. A thin, sculptural stairway slumps from underneath to meet the ground below, with the basketball court to one side and the pool to the other..
Founded in 1995, Michael Maltzan Architecture is a Los Angeles architecture and urban design practice of approximately 25 people, led by Michael Maltzan. Our studio is focused on cross-discipline partnerships to integrate social and environmental sustainability, construction innovation, and architectural form. The practice has been recognized with five Progressive Architecture awards, 47 citations from the AIA, and the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence. Our work has been featured in publications and museum exhibitions worldwide, including monographic exhibitions at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the Harvard GSD, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Carnegie Museum’s Heinz Architectural Center. Our work was selected for the 2006, 2018, and 2020 La Biennale di Venezia and is included in the permanent collections of Carnegie Museum of Art, MoMA, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.