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Blair Residence / Bruce Bolander

  • 01:00 - 3 March, 2010
Blair Residence / Bruce Bolander
Blair Residence / Bruce Bolander, © Jeremy Morgan
© Jeremy Morgan

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From the architect. Having grown accustomed to small spaces, severe restrictions on building size imposed by geologic conditions and building codes were not seen as insurmountable by a couple moving from SoHo to the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu. The 2.5 acre site provided sun and air and enormous panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island and the red sandstone outcroppings of the local mountains.

© Jeremy Morgan
© Jeremy Morgan

Conditioned space was limited to 800 sf, so the program was reduced to a living area and a sleeping area, with a bathroom in between the two main spaces to afford privacy. A continuous band of cabinets houses the kitchen in the living area, the laundry adjacent to the bathroom, and ample closet space in the sleeping area. These built-ins reduce the required furniture in each room to the essential.

© Jeremy Morgan
© Jeremy Morgan

Perched on a slope and entered from a parking area below, the house is completely private. Operable glass windows and doors circle the conditioned space on three sides, providing a connection to the outdoors. Inside the house one is part of the local chaparral and wildlife at short range, and enjoys the long vistas of the surrounding mountains and ocean below. Deep eaves and deck space also surround the enclosed living spaces and provide ample protected outdoor living area.

© Jeremy Morgan
© Jeremy Morgan

Site cast concrete walls, ceramic tile and a steel frame provide a non-combustible building shell in an area threatened by wildfire. Cork carpet flooring is both soft underfoot and renewable, and the wood slats on the interior walls and ceiling lend a hand assembled warmth to all of the interior spaces.

© Jeremy Morgan
© Jeremy Morgan
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yamin amin · September 04, 2010

i wud love 2 live there

Justin · March 14, 2010

wow. excellent work jeremy. brilliant architecture.

K · March 04, 2010

great photos. you rock jeremy!

Nicholas Patten · March 04, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Blair Residence.

samuel · March 03, 2010

fun but elegant

amron · March 03, 2010

too intelectual...

Wes · March 03, 2010 10:54 PM

Only people can be intellectual, not buildings.

jp · March 03, 2010

this is Architecture, in its purest simplicity.

xirclebox · March 03, 2010

my future vacation home --> Blair Residence / Bruce Bolander /cc @feedly

sthapit · March 03, 2010

beautiful. i've always dreamed of having a house up in the hills of nepal of a similar size and design. love it.


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