Patrick Tighe Architecture has remodelled an existing post and beam home into a sustainable residence overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Montee Karp Residence is located on a severe hillside site in Malibu, with stunning views of the Santa Monica Bay. The 2200 square feet home was recently shortlisted for the 2014 INSIDE Festival.
A ten feet stainless steel entry door marks the threshold into the residence, through the use of a hydraulic pivot and a concealed magnetic locking device. The play of light and shadow, and unusual geometric form of the door, give hints of an extraordinary space.
The architects have accentuated the existing roof geometry by creating a language of faceted surfaces. The articulated volume of the building’s front facade merges the outdoors with the indoors, emphasizing the roof, walls and floor. The interior of the residence was designed to accommodate the client’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The minimalist space incorporates display niches and accent lighting, to enhance the experience of viewing art.
The love for art is seen in the attention of details present throughout the interior. The stair, a feature element, was designed with cantilevering steel treads, each showcasing a custom laser-cut pattern. The skylight above filters light through the perforated stair, creating an enchanting ever-changing texture of shadows and light on the walls and floors.
The architects have incorporated many sustainable features in the design, transforming the old post and beam structure into an energy efficient building. The solar power was linked to a charging station in the garage for the client’s electric vehicle. Terrazzo flooring also contains hydronic radiant heating.