Twenty-Five Minutes from Paris
1970s Design Residence
Fontainebleau, near Paris, FR
Amazing by the plasticity and constructive qualities offered by concrete, this residence is located in a very pleasant environment at the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau, near Barbizon, the romantic village that inspired the impressionist artists of the 19th century. An exceptional location 25 minutes from Paris and close to the international high school of Fontainebleau, of the equestrian club and of the golf. Surrounded by plains painted by Jean-François Millet, now registered as World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, the house is nestled in a landscaped park of one hectare. A lounge, a large bedroom and a bathroom with spa overlook the pool through large portholes. On the first
Stephen Guerrant, A.I.A.
The Schweibert Residence, 1980
625 Oak Street, Winnetka, IL
With his modern interpretation of a New England saltbox, Stephen Guerrant's 1980 design of the Schweibert Residence introduces a post-modern aesthetic to an older, established neighborhood of period piece homes. While the design is indeed progressive, the symmetry of broad, low-slung roofline and careful placement of shingles blends in mellifluously with its Tudor and Colonial Revival neighbors. Guerrant's forward-thinking inclusion of geometric shapes predates the post-modern designs which came to dominate American landscape in the ensuing decades, thus establishing the Schweibert's home as a forerunner of the next chapter in vernacular architecture in the United States.
Marmol Radziner, A.I.A.
Santa Monica Loft
1544 12th Street, Unit 104, Santa Monica, CA
Reworking all aspects of the original 2002 construction, Marmol Radziner and Associates have created the epitome of modern, urban living. White epoxy flooring and crisp white walls provide the canvas for the quality appointments and built-ins throughout. A grand loft-like living and dining area is anchored by a custom Balthaup kitchen. The private master suite utilizes two generous closets and a luxurious bath finished in marble. A guest bathroom is also included in this south-facing end unit which includes two terraces, two-car side-by-side under ground parking, and custom sound and video wiring throughout. Very convenient to all Santa Monica work and play.
Richard T. Broderick, A.I.A.
Fidalgo Island Lookout
2020 Kansas Avenue, Anacortes, WA
Designed by Richard T. Broderick of Sparkitecture Design Solutions. This 2500 square foot cliff house is elegantly sited on a commanding bluff with ocean and vivid San Juan Islands sunsets. The site falls in a number of steep intervals onto a lower terrace before tumbling further still into a lush tangle of brush and evergreens bordering protected wetlands below. The structure opted for simple, site-informed massing - a trio of stacked rectangular boxes, one more elongated than the last, wedged into the cliffside. The three floors were arranged according to a distinct functional hierarchy – living/social areas on the main first level; master suite in the middle incorporating two separate
457 Osage Ridge Road, Augusta, MO
In a clearing atop a ridge, with woods all around and views for miles, sits this Bernoudy treasure - a very special 73 acre country estate in the heart of Missouri's wine country. Less than an hour from St. Louis, this architecturally significant home enjoys (breathtaking) commanding views of the Missouri River Valley. Intelligently designed for full-time living and gracious entertaining, the well-appointed, fully equipped and immaculately maintained house has a loft, 2 large terraces and 2 fireplaces. Cedar shake roof and old cypress interior wood walls framing huge windows add to its allure. A very special place. “Splendor in the Woods”, some might say.
Charles Dubois, A.I.A.
Palm Springs Lifestyle - In The Indian Canyons
2406 S Caliente Drive, Palm Springs, CA
Designed by Charles Dubois, A.I.A., and built by Roy Fey in 1980, this home is located in the highly desired Indian Canyons neighborhood of south Palm Springs. Inside, soaring ceilings appear to float above clerestory windows with views of the San Jacinto Mountains and swaying a palm trees. Expanses of glass in the living areas frame views of the pool and simultaneously connect the indoors to the outdoors. With it custom maple cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, the spacious kitchen is ready for entertaining. The large pool, spa, outdoor kitchen/bar and fire feature, surrounded by inviting seating areas, complete the outdoors. The stage is set for living the Palm Springs
Pierre-Louis Martin, Architect
Modern Villa, 1970
, near Bordeaux, FR
This remarkable villa was built in 1970 by the architect Pierre-Louis Martin. Located in a wooded park of one hectare in Médoc, it enjoys the exceptional landscape of prestigious vineyards and seduces thanks to its minimalist design and its materials : flat roof overhanging, glass façades erasing any boundary between interior and exterior, raw concrete. Covering a surface of 3068 square ft., this single storey house articulates its volumes around a large swimming pool with terrace. It offers beautiful reception rooms: entry, large living room with patio, fireplace and dining room overlooking the pool. The office, the master suite and the bedrooms, separated from the rest of the house by a
Bruce Walker, F.A.I.A.
The Ferris House, 1954
431 East 16th Avenue, Spokane, WA
Mary Jean and Joel E. Ferris III hoped to build a modernist home, a sensibility they so much admired, but the neighborhood association would have nothing to do with it. So they were advised by his "Uncle Joel" to build in the middle of his (then) 4 acre property. Protected by massive walls and surrounded by 50 year old mature trees, they turned to Bruce Walker to build them a home where no "nosy neighbors" could tell them what they could or could not build. They were fortunate in that Mr. Walker was in Spokane at the time building the new Washington Water & Power Headquarters. Walker, a Harvard-educated Spokane native, was greatly influenced by the southern
Marc Atlan Design with Oller & Pejic, Architects
Black Desert House
Yucca Valley, CA
Beyond shelter, Black Desert House is an artistic counter-point to a landscape born of fire, and sculpted over the last 100 million years. Conceived to read as a shadow cast within great piles of monzogranite boulders, the residence offers the quintessential desert experience: immersion into the timelessness of the vast desert panorama. By day the residence protects like a cave; at night it dissolves in the surrounding array of stars. Informed by the modernist aesthetic, the geometry of the structure minimizes distractions, while curtain glass walls eliminate indoor-outdoor distinctions. The public spaces open to the sheltered entry courtyard, broad view terraces, and the private swimming