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Shulman Home and Studio

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

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Victoria Carodine, Hanley Wood

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Shulman Home and Studio

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4,000 sq. feet


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2016 Residential Architect Design Awards
Restoration/Preservation: Award

The chief documentarian of midcentury modern architecture, photographer Julius Shulman, was also one of its patrons: He commissioned modernist architect Raphael Soriano to design an elegant, geometric home for his family in the Hollywood Hills. Completed in 1950, the Schulman Home and Studio in Los Angeles is now home to a new young family after a restoration by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects. Through extensive research, the firm upgraded features and amenities while maintaining the original materiality and design intentions. Juror Dan Maginn called the restoration “very respectful, but also fearless. The architects went for it in a couple of areas, but the changes are definitely within the original DNA of the Schulman house.” The cork-lined entryway has been restored, and new adjustable screens have been added to the home’s plentiful glass walls and sliding doors. New cabinetry and shelves were added in a way that respects Soriano’s original design intent while also creating space to integrate modern HVAC equipment—avoiding its intrusion on the house’s flat roofline. The most significant change to the building was an alteration of the floor plan to accommodate a guest bedroom, which was achieved without altering the structure’s steel frame. It all combines into a restoration that preserves the past while enabling its use by a new generation. “I love seeing when architects know not to change things to create good architecture,” juror Kevin Kudo-King said. “It’s a great refresh, and still very respectful of the bones that are there. I think it’s a great project.”

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