The McElroy residence designed by Ehrlich Architects in Laguna Beach, California opens completely to the outside.
An entire wall of sliders from Western Window Systems gives this Los Angeles living room easy indoor-outdoor flexibility.
Almost every room in this Venice, California retreat opens to the outdoors—even the bedroom. The home is designed to complement the existing trees on the site as well as a new landscape design by Jack Kiesel.
The iconic midcentury architect Pierre Koenig, who masterminded Case Study houses #21 and #22, designed the Henbest house in 1966. In 2013, Robert Sweet completed a historically sensitive renovation of the Rancho Palos Verdes structure that involved enhancing its connection with the outdoors.
Inside, Sweet removed walls to improve internal circulation and to reveal views of the Pacific Ocean. “When completely open, the house becomes a pavilion, truly blurring the indoor-outdoor boundary that exemplifies California modern,” Sweet says.
A LEED-certified family home in San Diego is a new build, but it is inspired by the great designs of the last century. “Mid-century architecture draws the outdoor environment indoors,” says architect Soheil Nakhshab. “There’s a lot of natural light, a lot of ventilation.”