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Three hours north of Los Angeles lies an architectural experience all aficionados must experience: Poly Canyon Architectural Design Village. Reminiscent of Storm King in New Windsor, New York, every spring since the 1960’s, students from Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design in San Luis Obispo, California have competed in Design Village, a contest where students build structures that they must inhabit for a weekend during Cal Poly’s Open House. Design Village is located on a 9-acre property behind campus, a vast expanse of hills and diverse greenspace.

Metamorphosis, 2012 (Source: Design Village Conference: Cal Poly)

Every year there is a different theme for the competition:  from 2008’s “Mission to mars” to 2014’s “Biologics.” Last year the theme was “Essence.” The theme for 2018 has yet to be announced.

Design Village is an evocative reminder that as far as humans go with technology, we cannot be removed from our physical environment.

Biologics, 2014 (Source: Design Village Conference: Cal Poly)

 

By: David Plick

In an effort to recognize the best in US residential design, the American Institute of Architects has selected ten recipients for their 14th annual Housing Awards. Here’s a look at the winners — including the Cherokee Lofts, sold out by deasy/penner&partners in 2012. (2014 AIA Housing Awards)

By: Brian Linder

The Art & Design of Coachella 

(deasy/penner & partners) 

Tonight marks the launch of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where attendees’ will be greeted by vibrant, towering sculptures from artists such as Charles Gadeken, Don Kennell and Poetic Kinetics. Here we took a look back at some of the more creative installations from Coachellas gone by.

Cynthia Washburn :: Poetic Kinetics :: 2013

Rock and Roll Fantasy :: SCI-Arc Studio :: 2009

The Creators Project :: United Visual Artists :: Goldenvoice :: 2011

The Empire Polo Club :: 2013

Mike Ross :: Big Rig Jig :: 2007

The Creators Project :: United Visual Artists :: Goldenvoice :: 2011

Through The Cattails :: aphidoidea :: 2013

The Empire Polo Club :: 2013

Flaming Lotus Girls :: Serpent Mother :: 2009

The Dome :: Héctor Serrano :: 2013

The Empire Polo Club :: 2013

Crimson Collective :: 2010

By: Brian Linder

Open Sunday, April 20th
Open by Appointment Only

2 – 3pm Sunday

 

1401 Red Bud Trail

Austin, TX 78746

 

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Offered at $1,200,000
  Status: Active

  Single Family Residence

  4 Bedrooms

  3 Bathrooms

  2,754 square feet

  Lot Size: 1.06 acres

 

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Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

512.551.0462

 

 

Featured Architect
Alterstudio Architects

 

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Paul Hatgil, Designer

 

Additions and renovations by architects KRDB, Paul Lamb, and Gregory Thomas

Landscaping by Austin Outdoor Design

 

Hatgil Residence, 1965

Here on a gently sloping wooded site in scenic West Lake Hills only minutes from downtown and the best public and private schools in Austin, U.T. professor emeritus Paul Hatgil brought his polymathic fine art background to the design and construction of this Mid-Century Modern masterpiece, while subsequent additions and remodeling by KRDB, Paul Lamb, and Gregory Thomas have brought the home into the new millennium with contemporary finishes and fittings that dialogue between old and new. Inspired by architect Richard Neutra, the design is fluent in the language of modern architecture with an open plan, exposed post and beam structure, floor to ceiling glass, clerestory windows, and the judicious interplay of forms and materials. The focal point of the spacious living room is a dramatic wood-burning fireplace with cantilevered concrete hearth, exposed metal flue and stacked stone wall that continues beyond the building envelope, drawing the eye outdoors to the treetop ipe wood deck. At each end of the home are two separate and spacious master bedroom suites, each with its own entry, ideal for in-laws and overnight guests. A screened-in outdoor living room provides a central meeting place for outdoor dining and hill country viewing, collecting north-south breezes, and distributing this natural air conditioning throughout the house. A Hatgil designed fountain and tranquil Koi pond draw the eye and ear, while highlighting the natural but sculpted landscaping.

Listing Broker:

Brian Linder, AIA

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Featured Los Angeles Property
513 Grand Boulevard

Venice, CA 90291

 

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Offered at $2,495,000
  Status: Active

  Single Family House

  3 Bedrooms

  3.5 Bathrooms

  2,522 square feet

  Lot Size: 2,701 square feet

 

For more information, contact

Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

310.592.5417

 

Featured Architect
DeMaria Design

 

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Coop Himmelb(l)au, Architects

 

Himmelhaus

Steps to Abbot Kinney and the beach, this dynamic urban intervention is a rare private residence by Viennese architects Coop Himmelb(l)au, and the first project built by the Austrian team in the United States. Here the architects explode the constraints of functionalism into a thousand pieces, in the process creating a complex sculptural form interwoven with the apparatus of living. An impeccable Bulthaup kitchen and the finest European fixtures and appliances set an uncompromising standard of elegance inside, disguised by the raw drama of the exterior. The expressive use of concrete, glass and structural steel is tempered by an open plan with direct connections to the landscape, natural wood ceilings, the play of daylight and cool ocean breezes. At the top, a generous roof deck command s panoramic 360-degree views from the Getty Center to the Hollywood sign and mountains beyond downtown.

Listing Brokers:

Brian Linder, AIA

Mike Deasy

Deasy Penner & Partners

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By: Brian Linder

Open Sunday, April 6th
12 – 2pm

 

2569 Benedict Canyon Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

 

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Offered at $2,750,000
  Status: Active

  Single Family House

  4 Bedrooms

  4 Bathrooms

  3,854 square feet

 

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Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

310.592.5417

 

 

Featured Architect
Johnson Fain

 

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Callas Shortridge Architects

Mid-Century Modern Revisited
This artfully re-envisioned 1959 mid-century modern residence incorporates four bedrooms, three full and one half baths and generous open plan living spaces.  Updated by award-winning architects Callas/Shortridge, the residence is an elegant and luminous environment for living and entertaining.  The airy interior combines warm wood details with polished concrete and bamboo floors set against walls of glass opening onto front and rear tree-lined courtyards.  The rear courtyard leads to a hidden pool and spa discretely built into a back hill for privacy.  Set back from Benedict, this walled and gated residence affords a high degree of security and privacy.

Listing Agent:

Deborah Bremner

John Aaroe Group

 

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! Back on the Market !
1911 Cliff Street #3

Austin, TX  78705

 

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Offered at $470,000
  Status: Active

  Condominium

  2 Bedrooms

  2 Bathrooms

  1,394 square feet

 

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Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

512.551.0462

 

 

Featured Architect
Nick Mehl Architects

 

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Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA
Cranfill Apartments, 1959

Hidden on a quiet residential street eight blocks from the University of Texas, this triplex of loft apartments is among the best work of the award-winning Mid-Century Modern architect. Organized around a central courtyard surrounding a majestic Live Oak, the intimate complex is a serene, communal environment seemingly removed from the busy world outside. Inside, the double-height living space is complimented by an open-mezzanine bedroom above and a kitchen/dining area tucked below, with all spaces connecting seamlessly to the bamboo forest beyond, visible through a 2-story wall of glass. Original appointments have been well preserved, including ergonomic cabinetry, redwood siding, original paint colors and decorative light fixtures. Architects Ernesto Cragnolino of Alterstudio and Krista Whitson of Mell Lawrence Architects have brought the property into the new millennium respectfully, creating an additional bedroom, luxurious bath finishes and hardwood floors to match original specifications.  Unanimously approved by the Historic Landmark Commission, this special offering is a fine example of architecture in harmony with its context, melding formal Modernist principles with the landscape, climate and materials of the region.

Listing Broker:

Brian Linder, AIA

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Open Sunday, March 30th
2 – 5pm

 

4629 Dundee Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

 

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Offered at $4,959,000
  Status: Active

  Single Family House

  5 Bedrooms

  6 Bathrooms

  2,926 square feet

  Lot Size: 0.28 acres

 

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Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

310.592.5417

 

 

Featured Architect
Carson Architects

 

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Arxis Design Studio

Leave the world behind as you enter this architectural masterpiece on a private knoll, sitting high above the city on a tranquil 3/4 acre lot. Located in the Los Feliz hills at the end of a cul-de-sac, this impressive and inviting home boasts the highest quality finishes, and amazing indoor/outdoor flow. Sliding walls of glass and well defined areas of architecture seamlessly combine interior and exterior, opening to private saline pool and entertaining spaces. Luxurious Master wing with walls of glass and spa bath, has two private decks viewing downtown to ocean. Private lower level suite opens to landscaped grounds and sliding platform hiding hilltop spa, plus art inspired outdoor shower! Large, flat green meadow, landscaped pathways, set in a one of a kind location.

 

Listing Agents:
Dorothy Carter

Michael Orland

Keller Williams Realty

 

 

 

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Featured Property
513 Grand Boulevard

Venice, CA 90291

 

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Offered at $2,495,000
  Status: Active

  Single Family Residence

  3 Bedrooms

  3.5 Bathrooms

  2,522 square feet

  Lot Size: 0.06 acres

 

For more information, contact

Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

310.592.5417

 

Featured Architect
Tighe Architecture

 

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Coop Himmelb(l)au, Architects

 

Himmelhaus

 

Steps to Abbot Kinney and the beach, this dynamic urban intervention is a rare private residence by the world-reowned Viennese firm, and the first project built by the Austrian team in the United States.  Here the architects explode the constraints of functionalism into a thousand pieces, in the process creating a complex sculptural form interwoven with the apparatus of living.  An impeccable Bulthaup kitchen and the finest European fixtures and appliances set an uncompromising standard of elegance inside, disguised by the raw drama of the exterior. The expressive use of concrete, glass and structural steel is tempered by an open plan with diresct connections to the landscape, natural wood cielings, the play of daylight and cool ocean breezes.  At the top, a generous roof deck commands panoramic 360-degree views from the Getty Center to the Hollywood sign and mountains beyond downtown.

 
Listing Broker:

Brian Linder, AIA

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Coop Himmelb(l)au, Architects :: Himmelhaus

Steps to Abbot Kinney and the beach, this dynamic urban intervention is a rare private residence by the world-renowned Viennese firm, and the first project built by the Austrian team in the United States. Here the architects explode the constraints of functionalism into a thousand pieces, in the process creating a complex sculptural form interwoven with the apparatus of living. An impeccable Bulthaup kitchen and the finest European fixtures and appliances set an uncompromising standard of elegance inside, disguised by the raw drama of the exterior. The expressive use of concrete, glass and structural steel is tempered by an open plan with direct connections to the landscape, natural wood ceilings, the play of daylight and cool ocean breezes. At the top, a generous roof deck commands panoramic 360-degree views from the Getty Center to the Hollywood sign and mountains beyond downtown. Private, gated compound, 3 bed, 3.5 bath in 2,522 square feet.

Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au, Architects

 

513 Grand Boulevard, Venice

for sale – price upon request
contact us to request a showing :: 310.275.1000

 

By: Brian Linder

Winners of AIANY 2014 Design Awards Announced
The American Institute of Architects’ New York Chapter announced the winners of its 2014 Design Awards this month. Of the 400 submission, only 35 projects were chosen on the merit of their “design quality, response to context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.” Here’s a look at some of the winners.

By: Brian Linder

Open Sunday Nov. 10
2 – 4pm 

201 El Paso Street

Austin, Texas 78704

 

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Offered at $489,000
  Status: Active  Single Family Residence

  2 Bedrooms

  2 Bathrooms

  1,320 square feet

 

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Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

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Tom Hurt Architects

      
Tom Hurt Architects 

The El Paso House

 

One-of-a-kind home designed and built by Tom Hurt Architects in 1996 and featured on the 1999 AIA Homes Tour. The El Paso House was one of the first modern homes in 78704. Floating parallam wood stairs, exposed steel beams, stainless kitchen with floating parallam shelves, scored concrete floors, 2nd floor landing/office and city view from roof top access in the master bedroom. This home has aged beautifully-feels like recent construction.

 

Listing Agent:

Drew Marye

The Marye Company

 
Open Sunday Nov. 10
1 – 4pm 

2420 Grand Canal

Venice, California 90291

 

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Offered at $3,999,000
  Status: Active  Single Family Residence

  3 Bedrooms

  2.5 Bathrooms

  3,059 square feet

 

For more information, contact

Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

310.592.5417

 

 

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Ehrlich Architects

       
Steven Ehrlich, Architect 

The Royer House

Dazzling three-story custom, waterfront home designed by acclaimed architect, Steven Ehrlich and located on coveted SW corner of Grand and Howland canals. With sleek & glass styles, this home features 3BR/2.5BA+loft/office/den and is designed for indoor/outdoor living with walls of triple sliding doors opening to the garden, fire pit and canals. The living room features soaring ceilings and a dramatic, woodburning fireplace. Sophisticated center island cooks kitchen with open dining area & patio access. Sensational master suite with water views occupies the entire third level with spacious bath, walk-in closet and two viewing decks. The second level consists of two guest rooms, a full bath and utility area as well as a sunny loft with built-ins, which doubles as office, den or family room.Quality “low allergy” construction combines natural stone and HW flooring with a vivid & rich palette of colors & surfaces throughout. Ocean breezes & natural light compliment this exceptional property. Direct access from garage.

Listing Agent:
Susan Stark
Gibson International

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Open Sunday Feb. 9th
1 – 4 pm 

3934 Robin Hill Road

La Canada/Flintridge, CA 91011

 

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Offered at $1,695,000
  Status: Active  Single Family Residence

  3 Bedrooms

  3 Bathrooms

  2,753 square feet

  Lot Size: 114,423 square feet

 

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Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

310.592.5417

 

Featured Architect
ANX – Aaron Neubert 

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Arthur Millier, Jr., Architect 

The Sinclair Residence, 1964

On an East-facing hillside, at the end of a private drive, the International Modern style is interpreted for tranquil, gracious family living. Over 70 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass opens each room to stunning views of the Mountains, and 2 1/2 acres of drought-tolerant native landscaping, vegetable gardens and orchards. The spacious floor plan houses a step-down living room with dramatic fireplace, formal dining room, 3 bedrooms, 2 of which divide into 4 through articulating walls, and 3 bathrooms, one with step down Roman soaking tub. Quality period features, such as Walnut doors and cabinetry, George Nelson “Sculptura” tile, and Pomona tile still remain, as well as high grade copper plumbing, plaster walls & ceilings, steel sliding glass doors, and solar panels. Nearly 50 years later, this home still presents a thoughtful, uncompromising, and relevant view of modern Southern California residential design.

 

Listing Agent:

Craig Terrien

Deasy Penner & Partners

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Featured Austin Property
227 Turkey DriveDripping Springs, TX 78620

 

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Offered at $795,000
  Status: Active  Single Family Residence

  3 Bedrooms

  2 Bathrooms

  5,612 square feet

  Lot Size: 6.13 acres

 

For more information, contact

Brian Linder, AIA, Realtor

512.551.0462

 

Featured Architect
Chris Krager, AIA – KRDB 

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Sallie Trout, DesignerChris Krager, AIA, Architect

 

Jakalope Ranch

 

Jackalope Ranch has 295 feet of Pedernales River frontage on 6.13 tranquil acres in the heart of the Hill Country. A playful mixture of rural functionality and urban sophistication, part artist’s loft and part ranch vernacular, the design combines environmentally conscious materials and systems in a manner both efficient and visually stimulating. The home takes full advantage of its location, with panoramic views, outdoor living areas and a large saline lap pool. An expansive great room defines the living space, with tall ceilings and an open living, dining and gourmet kitchen area. A spiraling library stairway connects levels vertically, from ground floor to screened-in sleeping porch at the top of the tower. Finishes include broad board maple, African mahogany, Texas pecan and granite, with top-of-the-line European appliances and fixtures, and custom-made built-ins by the artist. 3,812 SF house + 1,800 SF studio.
Listing Broker:

Brian Linder, AIA

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Extreme Restoration :: Peeling Back Layers to Reveal a Hidden Architectural Treasure

Deasy/penner clients Kevin Lane and Shev Rush are business executives with a love of architecture and a weakness for restoring historic homes that have been remodeled beyond recognition. They’ve done it with homes by architects Palmer & Krisel in Palm Springs, Gregory Ain in Silver Lake, and one of the Donald Wexler Steel Homes in Palm Springs – but they almost met their match with their latest project in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs.  It’s one thing to see an old home in need of heavy restoration; it’s quite another to have little semblance of the original structure left. Like an archeologist, one must peel back layers of material to discover sometimes infinitesimal clues.  It’s the kind of painstaking work that few have the time or patience to undertake, but Lane and Rush temper the stress by reveling in every small victory along the way.

 

“Strangely, we were both told by guidance counselors growing up that we weren’t strong enough in math to be architects, and we both listened, for some reason. That didn’t curb either of our passion for architecture and design, and we’ve made it our avocation. In an age where many architectural homes have been remodeled beyond recognition, we have found it incredibly fulfilling to bring these homes back to their original states,” says Lane.

 

for sale $2,595,000

Rear of Residence Facing the Mountains (Before & After)

When they first walked into the house in 2007, they knew only that Sidney Sheldon had extensively remodeled and altered the original residence. The exterior was cosmetically finished to resemble a Spanish Revival house, the grounds were styled in a French village aesthetic, and the large original swimming pool was enclosed in a glass and steel pool house structure which covered more than half of the rear yard, blocking the mountain views.
Entryway (Before & After)

Living Room (Before & After)
“We went to see the house originally because of the roofline in the listing photos – even though it had been modified, it looked like it belonged to a mid-century ranch house. Once we got there, though, it was incredibly hard to see past the remodel. Kevin and I met in the middle after about 15 minutes and said ‘let’s go,’ but then Kevin turned around, walked into a corner, knelt down at a piece of loose carpeting, and pulled it back. That’s when we saw the terrazzo floor and started to piece together what the house actually was,” says Rush. 

Beginning in 2008, Lane and Rush began removing multiple layers of flooring to expose thousands of square feet of Italian marble and onyx poured terrazzo flooring. Added walls and enclosures were removed and replaced with original materials- clues to which were found in bits and pieces along foundations or in long-hidden places, such as the exterior vertical grooved siding, which had been covered in stucco.

Mirrored walls were restored to their original state; beautifully crafted French plaster walls (largely soundproof and thankfully quite thick, helping keep the house cool in even the warmest months) were re-skimmed. The soaring slump stone fireplace and poured concrete mantel were uncovered after removing multiple layers of mirrors, drywall, 2×4’s and mastic. Underneath the mirrors in the house’s storied bar, Lane and Rush uncovered an original bar counter – the counter retains the patina acquired via the original owner’s legendary cocktail parties.

After a months-long demolition of the pool house, the nearly half-acre property’s grounds were restored to befit the surrounding Old Las Palmas neighborhood, with manicured lawns for dogs or children to play freely alongside water-saving, drip irrigated desert landscaping, and citrus. Extensive use of native plants ensure desert wildlife proliferates – frequent visitors include flocks of western bluebirds, monarch butterflies, white owls, hummingbirds, finches and even the desert’s famous roadrunners.

 

 Dining Room (Before & After)

The pool and original flagstone pathways and patios were restored, as was one of the home’s most unique features: its large passive solar outdoor lanai featuring a rotisserie fireplace and wide expanses of terrazzo that extend the expansive living room outside. A discreet pass-through window from the indoor bar ensures cocktails can be readily procured without re-entering the house after a swim.

 

Says Lane: “One of the first houses we restored was one of the Wexler Steel Homes, so it was particularly rewarding discovering – about a third of the way into restoration – that this was Wexler & Harrison’s first residential commission. Unfortunately, the plans were lost long ago, so we were very lucky that the contractors who remodeled the home inadvertently left clues inside walls and underneath carpeting and tile that let us know what the house was originally.”

Lanai (Before & After)

 

Architectural Detectives and Restorers :: Rush and Lane (and Jackson)

By: Brian Linder