Residential Design

VOL3 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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differentiates it from the beigey, stucco neighbors. The paint is very durable and has a warranty for 30 years. "We wanted a durable envelope," he continues, "but one that was also architecturally inventive. The architectural idea was to make the geometry reflective of the building envelope re- strictions. In our work, we always push ideas and materiality." At the street, the house conveys that image of durability and strength, appearing almost like a fiesty clenched fist. On the water side, it opens up to views and light, but its knife-edged decks suggest the house would slice through the onslaught of storm-driven winds and surf. It's an elegant but fierce little house, one that prevailed through a myriad of ob- stacles to take its place along the gorgeous Malibu waterfront. And it's a case study in what Lorcan's firm does so well. "We had to mitigate rising tides and other very complex problems, but we were able to bring this house to life," he says. "But problem solving is what we're known for. We have a reputation for taking on steep sites, or designing around historical landmarks, and we do other types of projects that are very challenging. People approach us with very difficult problems, because they expect us to rise above them with good architecture." 54 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2019 CASE STUDY

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