Modern Residence in San Marino

On a small, flat, and very private corner lot in San Marino, this 3000 square-foot modern residence was inspired by the Los Angeles architecture of Rudolph Schindler of the 1920’s through 1950’s and also the “Usonian Houses” of Frank Lloyd Wright of the 1930s. The simple terracing linear masses, with their deep cantilevers, roof overhangs, and wood lattice screen walls, create almost as many exterior spaces as the interior spaces their walls enclose. Every member of this close knit family are musicians and the various large open rooms with covered patio spaces that extend far beyond their folding glass walls provide various places for the family and their musical friends to gather and rehearse. Large walls of glass, steel troweled smooth stucco, rock roof, raw concrete, and stained cedar siding provide a modern and calming material palette. Every inch of available space had to be used wisely, including the long and linear lap pool in the narrow backyard.

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