The Greenberg project illustrates the long term commitment we make with our clients. We first started on the greenberg project in 2008 as a small renovation of the master bathroom. The project developed into a major renovation which touched all areas of the house, and includes a significant art studio + guest suite addition that is currently under construction.
Much of the work we have done at the greenberg project involved the opening up of smaller more closed off spaces to create visual and spacial connections to the landscape views of the hollywood hills. Large windows, corner glass , along with strategically placed mirrors create expansive views and work to collapse the boundaries of walls and interior space.
greenberg pool + addition
The second phase of the Greenberg project includes a 1000 square foot art studio and guest suite addition as well as expansive pool and deck addition. Located on the edge of a steep site, the owners had little to no space to expand outside and take advantage of the beautiful canyon and hollywood hillside views.
The pool and deck addition posed a significant structural engineering challenge. As a hillside site, grade beams and piles were utilized to structure the pool and the deck in place. Steel pipe columns and a web of lateral reinforcement create a beautiful cantilevered structure that stretches out over the hillside below. The result is an entirely new accessible landscape on the property for the family to enjoy.
The art studio and guest suite addition extends from the existing home at the lower level. The addition roof splits to allow for a vaulted 12 foot tall working space in the studio and roof deck garden atop the guest suite. The studio focuses it's energy inward with a intimate garden view and sky view through a central skylight while the the guest room floats above the landspape below and projects space out to the canyon and pool deck.
Scheduled for completion winter of 2013
The Reyes Begler project was our first project in Los Angeles. The clients wanted to open up and renovate a small compartmentalized Hollywood cottage from the 40's. One of the first things we started with was to work to remove all of the interior walls and door frames separating the major upper level public spaces from one another. The result was a flowing suite of spaces that were both connected but had an identity and relationship all their own. A smooth uninterrupted white ceiling and walnut floor create a modern space with warmth.
This oceanside residence is located along broad beach in malibu. The existing site had 3 separate structures on the property: a garage, guest house and a main house. The program for the project was to unify the main house and guest house to create a new main structure that would serve the family while still providing a separate guest quarters above the garage.
The design work focused on creating a singular unified roof line at the house that gathered all of the programmatic spaces below. The facade is designed as a interlocking form of dark and light figures of window and wall. These window frames and dark figures on the face of the building, open up both physically and visually to the ocean while creating an inner courtyard protected from the winds off of the sea.
The Carla Ridge project involved the extensive renovation of a midcentury modern home in Beverly Hills. The scope of work most notably included a renovated master suite, children's bedroom wing, kitchen, and den. The home's significant existing interior finishes of exposed concrete walls, redwood siding and mahogany doors and windows were retained and enhanced with updated planning, finishes and lighting.
Michael Striegel was the project designer with callas-shortridge architects for the carla ridge house.
The Viewfinder project involved a 1000 sf master suite addition and major renovation of a 1950's Hollywood cottage. Perched up within the hollywood hills, the design focused on how to create a singular volume for the master suite which would most strongly connect the owner to the view and site.
The master suite was conceived of as a single vessel whose glazed ends create direct visual connections to the cinematic city view (horizontal) and the densely vegetated hillside view (vertical). Within this second floor wood lined space, custom furniture for the bed, desk, bathtub, and vanity was fabricated to sit lightly within the larger volume of space. The result is a series of refined objects within large space of wood and views.
The lower floor was reorganized to create an open floorplan. Kitchen, Den, Living and Dining all spill out beneath the viewfinder above to connect to an expansive outdoor terrace and garden.
The malibu condominium was a rehabilitation of an existing 1960's condo along the pacific in malibu. This existing building had some very strong bones and a great presence along pch, but needed to be freshened up. The overall design strategy focused on identifying and accentuating the strongest features of the building. We focused on the front facade and worked to create a building that floats above the highway. Within the facade, we used the existing plaster apertures to frame 3 fields of wood which help to create a simple yet elegant structured facade of frame, foreground and background.
For the lobby and oceanside pool terrace, we worked to bring the lightness and openness of the space out. Within the lobby, the floor and stair were unified in a dark matt of epoxy pebble coating. Above, the existing open stair was cleaned and painted to articulate the lightness and floating nature of the original structure.
sky lake view
sea ranch 1
Sea Ranch 1 is a 3 bedroom home designed for the northern california landscape along the pacific. Sited just beyond the meadow of the Sea Ranch, the structure is designed to touch the ground lightly in a very compact footprint. From this starting point, a square: the spaces stretch toward view and landscape to create a series of distinct environments, each with a particular quality of light and view.
The Spertus Institute for Judacia: A Gathering of Light
"The Divine light that could ll the world is hidden. It is the mission of the Jewish People to bring back that light and have it ll the world with incredible beauty." While on a spiritual journey, one discovers many events along one’s path. Some events are personal,and some shared. Many events are readily apparent, while others slowly materialize. The Spertus Institute of Judacia is a vessel to be lled with such instances. Navigation through the secular world provides similar experiences. For example, the pedestrian encounters a number of physical and phenomenal events in the urban fabric over the passing day.
"I used to think being Jewish was like carrying around an old piece of baggage. Now I think of it like a prism. You hold it up to the light and it reects back wonderful things."
The spectrum of the Jewish culture is reected within the Institute’s interior volumes. As light passes through the building’s envelope, the Spertus Institute’s constituent elements are revealed by way of the building’s programmatic structure. The Institute’s elements are divided into two categories: event and threshold program. Light is admitted through secondary, threshold program and gathered into a series of prismatic voids. Inextricably woven together, apertures in these thresholds separate the Spertus Institute into its constituent elements revealing prismatic, program voids or event spaces. This programmatic patterning is also apparent in the natural and built context of Chicago. For example, in neighboring Grant Park, natural ora act as thresholds dening event spaces which gather people and phenomena year-round. Similarly, light lls… From the street to the lake, from the earth to the sky, light lters across and through Chicago and its inhabitants. The Creator is merciful in the way he introduces major changes. In the example of the transformation from day to night and night to day; he does not blind with a sudden strong light or frighten with one abrupt drop into darkness, but rather slowly, beautifully, makes the transition from one to the other. Within the institute, event program ll with light; with Judacia. Light is gathered and released gradually, as event program absorbs physical and spiritual light over the course of the day. During daylight hours, natural light is gathered through ssures of varying sizes, shapes and locations. Gradually, light begins to slowly seep from the building with the passing day. As night falls the Spertus institute, now lled with light, begins to share its essence with the community.
The Malloy addition, located in the pacific palisades, was designed as a modern intervention on a small 1940's craftsman bungalow. Rather than add onto the house and try to match the aged charm of the building, the addition modernity is in stark contrast to the old.
The connection of the addition to the bungalow was initiated with a skylight penetration in the roof. This threshold of light marked the passage out of the old and up into the master suite of the addition. The master bedroom, closet and master bathroom spiral clockwise as views of the site and sky follow the path through the space.
Below, the covered area was conceived of as an 2nd living room which the family could enclose seasonally for extended use.