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Via De La Paz Residence

Nonzero/Architecture / Studio Bau:ton

Consultants

  • Interior Designer: Peter Grueneisen
  • General Contractor: Joe Conti
  • Structural Engineer: Parker Resnick
  • Landscape Architect: Pamela Burton
  • General Contractor: Ric Babcock
  • Structural Engineer: Gordon Polon
  • Landscape Architect: Santa Monica
  • Landscape Architect: Donna West
  • John Ellis

Project Status

Built

Size

3,880 sq. feet

Room or Space

Other

Style

Modern

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Project Description

2005 RADA
Nonzero/Architecture /Studio Bau:ton

It's a significant accomplishment when an architect is entrusted with a Richard Neutra house. Peter Grueneisen has had the good fortune to work on this particular 1949 Neutra design not just once, but twice—and for two different clients. The first phase, done from 1995 to 1999, centered on the landscape/hardscape. The second phase, from 1999 to 2002, involved significant renovation of the first-floor master bathroom and kitchen and the addition of a second story containing two bedrooms, a bath, and a sitting area.

Researching Neutra's work and “learning how the house was put together” was especially interesting for Grueneisen. “We tried to expand what had been started in a way that blended in, without pretending that it was old but that it was seamless at the end,” says the Swiss-born architect. “Both owners made the conscious decision that whatever was done should blend in. Among architects the approach might be stronger and more different [than the original]. But we weren't there to try to trump the original or to compete with it.” The judges agreed. “There are wonderful pieces added. He takes a good house and skillfully makes some more of it.”
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