Mid-century Modern architecture can be a perfect fit for the way we live today, but there's no doubt the original examples of such homes built in the '50s and '60s do benefit from an extensive makeover.
This Southern California house, in a prestigious Beverly Hills location, had a Mid-century Modern decor, but it wasn't designed to maximize the spectacular views from the property.
Developer Izzet Levi Uzyel of DIJ Group, working with Xten Architecture, says he took on the project because of the views and the distinctive architecture of the Trousdale neighbourhood.
"We envisioned creating a home with vast walls of glass opening to a pool a home that would epitomize the true California indoor-outdoor lifestyle," he says. "At the same time, great consideration was given to the exterior architecture, to make sure it would blend with the existing Mid-century Modern architecture in the neighborhood. It was very important that this house fit the mould while creating a new-generation family home."
Building contractor Jon Mut of Boswell Construction says the changes began with the exterior and the street elevation.
"The original house had many small windows facing the road, which gave the facade a rather chopped-up look. We removed all of these, creating a single large circular window that better reflects the Mid-century Modern style. The new plastered exterior was also extended to enclose a gated entry, and the entire house painted white. With new landscaping, it has a much more dramatic presence."
The remodeled forecourt also provides a strong sense of arrival. The design team created a highly symmetrical entry to the house, over a linear pond. The facade incorporates a substantial beam that crosses in front of the house. The space between the beam and the building has the same dimensions as the pond, which brings sunlight right down to the water.
"We introduced a fully glazed entry, so there is a direct sightline to the view, right through the house and out across the pool terrace on the other side," says Mut.