The owner of this Los Angeles property partnered with principal Tom Marble of Marbletecture to create a sustainable house, and he initially thought a circular design embodied that goal. But after 72 drafts, the duo settled on an unusual frame: hexagons. “In this way, users enjoy a complexity of light and space, and a variety of ways to access the exterior no matter where they happen to be,” Marble says.
Originally built in the 1970s, this cliff-side house in North Vancouver was in need of an improvement and update. The owners, both visually-minded artistic directors at gaming companies, embarked on a multi-stage renovation that added a sharp modern aesthetic with clean surfaces and volumes. The kitchen and nearby areas were the first stage of the renovation by D’Arcy Jones Architecture.
To remodel their dated Chicago house, the Nijensohn family recruited someone who, they’d learned, had already attempted to reimagine it. A year earlier, architect Kevin Toukoumidis and his team at dSPACE Studio had drawn up plans to turn the home into a bachelor pad and hired a contractor before the potential client decided to sell. The firm agreed to rework the house’s eccentric layout to fit a family with two children and a dog. The result was a radical change without dramatic intervention.
In San Diego, Eliza Slavet and Anthony Burr unexpectedly found themselves growing out of their single-level 1954 ranch-style home with the addition of a first, then second child. The couple had initially remodeled their home with the help of architect/contractor Francisco Garcia of the Building Workshop, reconfiguring the layout and cosmetically refreshing the interior. Two children later, the couple again enlisted Garcia to reimagine their space for a second time.
In collaboration with one of San Francisco’s leading landscape architects, a California designer made a pair of unique outdoor living spaces—a green roof and garden—during a two-part renovation.