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Bel Canto. Residence
This Bel-Air residence developed out of my memory of the many “rustic midcentury modern” houses I’d seen over the decades in Los Angeles.
We created a nearly double-height, open-plan living/dining/kitchen space with a soaring wall of glass overlooking the grounds, and a series of single-height stucco volumes – a master suite with sitting room, three children’s rooms with baths, and an entertainment lounge – arranged around the great room in a U shape.
We made liberal use of wood in the main living room to counter the large expanse of glass. This is most evident in the simple post-and-beam structural vocabulary, which blends California postwar modernism with Craftsman-style rusticity.