Stewart House

Mar Vista

 

A 2,600 square foot family home and art studio in the Mar Vista neighborhood.

 
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The project was conceived as two independent structures to allow for the flexibility to change the studio use to an ADU use down the road. Shaped like a boomerang, a white two-story bar pulls away from an expressive red folded box creating a shared entryway to both structures. Playing off the shape of the box, the bar’s subtle angle expands views through the home to the gardens outside.

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Structures are carefully located on the site to maximize opportunities for a variety of outdoor rooms and more fluid use of the entire lot. Every room opens directly to a patio or deck, large multi-slide doors in the main living space connect it to the pool patio, and the studio space spills onto a street courtyard for large art projects.

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A long skylight through the middle of the house defines the circulation path and brings natural light deep into the space. Outside, a palette of textured plaster is softened with warm wood accents and planting, and the red color pop (inspired by a strawberry bush at the owner’s former home) of the art studio adds surprise. Inside, primary finishes create a neutral backdrop for playful details and accents as well as allowing the owner’s furniture collection to shine. 

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