|SQ. FT.||800 SQF|
Designed in the 1920’s by noted architect Roland Coate, the tony Bel-Air residence had seen better days. “The addition of moldings and decorations over the years had turned the original Spanish Colonial–style bones into something neoclassical,” Standard Architecture's founding principal and partner Jeffrey Allsbrook says.
He and partner Silvia Kuhle stripped away excess inside and out to create a minimalist, abstracted take on the historic genre. Expansive windows and pivot doors now offer views of the property’s half-acre site and an adjacent golf course. Inside, sight lines through newly flowing rooms come courtesy of deep archways. A trio of the arced portals establishes a sense of transition between the living room and the bar, with an excavated and restored coffered ceiling. Drinks are served from a rectilinear composition of gleaming brass plates reminiscent of a Donald Judd sculpture.
Anchoring the opposite end of the house is the airy 800-square-foot kitchen, with white-lacquered cabinetry and a massive Italian marble island that stretches nearly 18 feet long. Allsbrook confides that both pieces took some convincing, but the clients ended up thrilled.
Equally impactful is the Namibian marble cladding the wet zone of the upstairs master bathroom, one of a pair. The stone’s quiet veining creates a pleasingly neutral backdrop—all the better to soak in the surrounding greenery through the frameless picture window.
Project Team: Noah Rubin; Meaghan Pohl; Alex Sheft; Gregg Corso.