1309 S Irena Ave Redondo Beach, CA 90277
This quiet beach community is an attractive alternative to the perils of big city living, yet only 20-minutes from LAX. Here everyone knows their neighbors, children walk to school, and people enjoy a lifestyle akin to early California. Half a mile from the Pacific Ocean, this unique home is a collaboration between a successful graphic designer with deep family roots in the neighborhood, and the award-winning architect. The result is a melding of these perspectives, at once driven by a European sensibility, yet infinitely sculptural, in the manner that has made the architect internationally renowned. On one hand, the home is grounded to the lushly-landscaped site, evocative of the Greek countryside, with mature fruit-bearing trees and respectful of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. On the other hand, the architecture is playful and futuristic, with expressive faceted volumes, complex trapezoidal shapes, and folded metal planes. Together the home is supremely livable and perfect for entertaining, with a central courtyard, large cook’s kitchen, lap pool, fireplaces, outdoor Cabana, and roof decks with panoramic views toward ocean and mountains. High-end finishes round out the composition: floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, hardwood floors, stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, specialty fixtures and fittings. Ultimately this home is a powerful artistic statement: a new sculpturalism connected to the past and optimistic about the future.