Graham architecture together Hill Construction Company Designed this quiet medieval modern home in the Woods Cove neighborhood of Laguna Beach, California. This modern model was built in 1961 and designed by the renowned architect J. Herbert Brownell. It shows the host's passion for world travel, culture and artifacts, while honoring the original structure. A dark palette is expected slightly less for Southern California because it is wealthy in texture and character.
Project team: Architect: Graham Architecture | Producer / General Contractor: Hill Construction Company | Interior design: Lucas Design Associates
The design of this two-story residence was inspired by the owner's visits to Schindler House and Eames House – both show how effective the modest size can be. Various details were used, including floor-to-ceiling strip windows from Schindler Frame, a worktop window, deep overhangs and a low horizontal profile with different ceiling heights.
This home sits on half a acre of land on the coast and is surrounded by lush greenery. The project team has the task of converting this house so that it encompasses life both indoors and outdoors, but also reflects the owner's passion for nature and the quiet environment. Japanese-inspired details can be found in this house and create a Zen-like feel. Someone enters the house through a Shou Sugi ban.
What we love: This quiet, modern mid-century house is filled with wealthy, multi-layered textures that provide an idyllic floor for a lovely collection of antiques. Thanks to a strong connection to the outside around this house, large windows and sliding glass doors. We especially love the Japanese atmosphere in this house, we give peace.
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Note: Check out some of the great home tours we took at One Kindesign from the architects portfolio for this project: Graham Architecture: Tropical modernity in Laguna Beach with an Asian touch and Contemporary bluff top case with a view of Newport Harbor.
This house is custom-made with mid-century furniture. You will find pieces that are well designed, high quality, full of character, but made from simple, comfortable materials.
above: The double-sided fireplace is made of Cor-Ten steel.
This home features a range of stains inspired by nature with stained oak floors and closet, polished concrete block, specially back-lacquered glass and Shou Sugi Ban wood.
above: This home office acts as a men's cave, a place to relax, recharge and enjoy the things the owner loves most, especially music.
Photos: Aaron Leitz
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