Malibu Remodel
birth of a concept
design objective 1
Create a partial detached non-structural envelope with natural materials and clean aesthetics

  • type single family dwelling remodel
  • year | size1999 | 2,400SF
  • locationMalibu, California
  • statussolicited proposal

project statement
Creating the envelope concept

Naturally, Christo and Jeanne-Claude come to mind.
Nevertheless, this one is quite different - a non-structural, non-intrusive remodel, which permanently envelops the existing structure with two types of material. One - a secondary layer of polypropylene exterior cladding, designed to give a calm backdrop of the top wood lattice work, as well as provide moisture and thermal protection without destructing the good condition of the existing painted wood fascia. Two - a top layer of fire-treated wood on live spacing for aeration and lighting. The exterior lattice acts also as a sustainable envelope with a ventable shadow box around the structure. Unlike a pure piece of art, it also has a purpose - to improve environment and, consequently, make for a better life. Perhaps this makes it a better piece of art as well.
Our first small scale 1999 attempt, developed further in later projects such as the TCS and the TCB, to create a totally new look and performance of a building without a major demolition effort by enveloping the existing structure and preserving most of its fundamental characteristics.

project statement (cont)

In this case, the addition of a large zen-garden along with a spacious deck on the ocean side of the house relates the spiritual bond of the owner couple with the surroundings and wraps up the new vision for the house. the new double-layer envelope works both functionally and aesthetically alongside with budget restrains. the simple material scheme grows naturally with the owner requested fusion of asian philosophy within a contemporary bauhaus approach, re-defining the texture of spatial and functional relations.
Once again, creating a functional piece of art.

design objective 2
Make a "floating envelope" by utilizing strategic backlighting
The Malibu remodel established the basics of our envelope concept, a cross between environmental art and budget conscious design, which fits well with the rest of our philosophy and minimalistic, yet functional, yet fun architecture - basis for better living.
from the architect