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Malibu Beach House

Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Two recently completed beach houses show how differently the same firm achieved a similar goal on the same stretch of coast. The first is a layered white cubist volume rising from a manicured lawn: a signature Richard Meier & Partners Architects work that recalls the Villa Savoye in its purist geometry. It was jointly created by Richard Meier and Michael Palladino, his West Coast design partner, as a summer home for a philanthropist-art collector. The second comprises a pair of linear blocks, entirely screened by teak slats and shutters, rising from an expanse of sand and beach grasses that emulates the original landscape. Palladino was inspired by the Southern California Coast vernacular to design this shady retreat for an entrepreneur who likes to entertain. Beyond the differences of character and materials, the two houses have a comparable spatial organization.

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