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MASS AND TRANSPARENCY IN A PACIFIC COAST HOUSE MALIBU RESIDENCE - MALIBU, USA

SCOTT Mitchell Studio

America settentrionale | Malibù

Malibu is shorthand for glamorous oceanfront living, but much of the traffic-clogged Pacific Coast Highway is walled off from the water by wood-framed shacks that seem to be leaning on each other for support, and a jumble of unsightly development scars the arid hills. There’s little for visitors to see. A few lucky residents enjoy expansive, impeccably-tailored houses by Richard Meier, Gwathmey Siegel, and other fashionable architects, but these are concealed behind high walls. The residence that Scott Mitchell designed for Kurt Rappaport stands apart and it has an entirely different character: elemental, raw, and monastic in its rigor. Before establishing his LA studio, Mitchell worked for a protégé of Paul Rudolph, the master of “béton brut”, and he was inspired by two other formgivers. Like Louis Kahn, he has a passion for antiquity, and the...

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