n a swath o Southern aiornia communitiesene rimari b the choice stri o beach thathugs the coastine, the South Ba has strugge withits architectura ientit, as man oca reservationistscan attest. Storms, res an urban renewa obiterateear eono Beach anmarks; a ost-war buiingboom a over Southern aiornia et its mark onSouth Ba cities with the construction o a ew gemsan countess utiitarian homes buit or a bue-coaremograhic. n recent ears, anmark homes havebeen estroe to be reace b contemorarrenitions o cassic architectura themes: Tuscan,eiterranean, ae o.But a new era o architectura awareness hasarrive, as evience b the recent uer pier venueace it in Hermosa Beach an a surge in custom-buitSouth Ba homes that are gracing the ages o nationasheter magazines. for the rst time since man ocaarchitects, buiers an resients can remember, theSouth Ba is carving out its own unique architecturaaesthetic. renewe areciation or wor-cassesign an construction has resute in more visuaarresting commercia an resientia architecture inthe beach cities an surrouning neighborhoos.
A little cottAge by the seA
Whie the South Ba home buer o 2011 masti be on a quest to ive near the sea, ermanenceis the river. yestera’s seasona seasie cottagehas become toa’s beach-chic rimar resience,insiring architects to aat to their cients’ morecosmooitan tastes an 21st centur iestes.Some homes being buit toa ma retain a beachaesthetic, but the are esigne in a wa that meetsthe nees o homeowners who entertain reguaror require a coniguration that can accommoate ahome oice or roessiona-caiber kitchen, meiaroom or wine cear.s a resut, the South Ba’s bran o newarchitectura esign has given rise to strikingmoern resiences with ame use o meta anwoo etaiing, an gass was to take in oceanan beach views. South Ba architect dean ota’srecent roject at 718 The Stran in Hermosa Beachexemiies this aesthetic.
in with the old
ean ines, gass was, inoor-outoor ivingsaces. Souns rett 21st centur, but the SouthBa’s architectura renaissance is reccing amovement that was initiate b moernist masters.. Schiner an ichar eutra in the 1930s an40s. The South Ba boasts an imressive number oeutra houses, most o them on the paos Vereseninsua. ot a o them exist toa, as aestheticmerit is in the ee o the behoer.ecent news about the oore house in paosVeres states, esigne b lo Wright (the son oarchitect frank lo Wright) roves the oint. The citan homeowner continue to iscuss the home’s statuswith reservation grous. wareness about reservingthe area’s architectura heritage has aowe or thereservation o homes such as the rt deco gem at3421 anhattan venue in anhattan Beach. Buit bG Stuios in 1936, one o the home’s most amousoccuants was screen io rro fnn. noteworth comonent o the South Ba’sarchitectura reinvention is the reviva o stesother than the ubiquitous eiterranean ook, withcareu attention to erio etais an sueriorcratsmanshi. wier range o stes is beingtae, rom ratsman to aribbean (see Sweetdigs artice in this issue).rchitect ies pritzkat o pritzkat & Johnsonrchitects in eono Beach recas an originacratsman home in eono Beach that wasemoishe 12 ears ago. “ ear or two ater, homeswere oing u with shinges an traitionacratsman sting. These things cce back – it’s ikethe esign trums a, eventua.”
bigger is not AlwAys better
none who has ever ive in a South Ba housebuit in the 1940s or earier ma have strugge withthe astouning ack o coset an storage sace. Thereason: an homes in the beach cities at the time werebuit as summer resiences or we-heee los ngeesan pasaena amiies who wante to escae the inanheat. ssuming weath ngeenos o that era wereight traveers, there was no nee or cavernous cosetsor cuboars in their seasie secon homes.inuscue cosets ma be the bane o man abeach cities renter or homeowner, but the chaengeor toa’s buier is the sma size o the ot itse.“n terms o architectura sting, we have a ot essan than the wou in pasaena or other areas inl.. where homes are ar more srea out,” sai attorris o att orris deveoment in anhattanBeach. “The high cost er square oot in the SouthBa rives the nee to be creative in terms o whatwe can o with that sace.”Which cas to min the other -wor,mansionization. t’s a toic that remains hotebate; in toa’s architectura renaissance,bigger can inee be better, i one right. The newarchitectura anscae emos tasteu esign anbaance roortions to create beaut on a argescae, as in the trie-ot, singe-ami resience at212 The Stran in anhattan Beach. Whie the homewas the center o much iscussion, the en resut isarguab we-execute.But successu architectura esign aso isoccurring on a smaer scae. “ more recenthenomenon we’re seeing is a secon or thir waveo reinement in the neighborhoos that originawere buit ost-Wor War ,” sai pritzkat. “parto the reason this works is that eoe are gettingthe sense that i ou have our itte sot o SouthBa an ou oish it an make it woneru, it’s agreat ace to ive. The ots here are sma, so ou’restarting to see a ensit o esign on generasmaer ieces o roert.”aking the most out o a sma ot toa meansmaximizing the use o outoor sace. ore homes arebeing buit with room outoor iving rooms boastingre its, buit-in outoor cooking ranges, an amesquare ootage to accommoate urniture. Terraceson uer oors exten iving sace in berooms ansitting areas, taking u avantage o the South Ba’smi cimate.
the next 10 yeArs
oern esign, a eman or quait, greenbuiing an smaer-scae construction are just aew o the architectura trens on the horizon orthe South Ba. ost are starting to gain momentumarea, as evience b the Burkhater house inanhattan Beach. Buit b architect Ben Burkhateras his resience, the ‘green’ home is energ-ecientan buit with environmenta rien materias,high-ecienc xtures an aiances, an rought-toerant anscaing. The structure was awareld patinum certication in a. eman or high quait is attribute to anincrease in new weath, as note b Gerar Bisignano,a South Ba rea estate agent who seciaizes in uxurhomes. “When we came out o the 1996 recession, itseems anhattan Beach was iscovere b eoeon the Westsie,” he sai. “aibu was too ar, Santaonica was too congeste, so anhattan Beach gota whoe new crow, an the brought with them a oto architectura inuences.”With this inux comes an ecectic range o tastesevient in the various architectura stes that haveemerge uring the South Ba’s esign rebirth. lookingat the next 10 ears, quait is ke, accoring to pritzkat.“Some architects o more contemorar rojects,others ocus more on traitiona esign. But it’s ikesaing, ‘What’s the best music — cassica, jazz or hi-ho?’ it’s thought through, quait esign is timeess.”
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