Home Tours Backstory: Richard Berliner, AIA, 721 Hampden Place, sponsored by Gruen Associates
Last Updated: October 4, 2012
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Home Tours, 4 Exclusive Zipcodes Backstory: Richard Berliner, AIA, 721 Hampden Place, sponsored by Gruen Associates
October 28th from 11 am - 4 pm, sponsored by Gruen Associates.
721 Hampden Place was designed in 1946 as a 700-SF mid-century modern home by Rolf Sklarek. Rolf, born in 1906 in Berlin, Germany, attended Bauhaus University and worked as an architect in Germany and Spain before moving to California in 1937. He became a California licensed architect in 1941 and worked for many years at Gruen. In 1949, Arts & Architecture magazine published his design of The Country House, adding to his notoriety in California's American modernism movement.
In 2006, Richard Berliner, AIA, LEED AP, renovated the home, adding on to the original structure to create a 2,200- SF home. The addition builds upon the integrity of the original structure by adding on distinct complimentary ele- ments that house a new staircase, expanded bedrooms and kitchen spaces, along with outdoor balconies that main- tain the connection to the outdoors, which was fundamental to the original design. Preserving most of the existing structure and utilizing radiant heating, photovoltaic panels, natural ventilation, and sustainable materials fulfilled the goal of a sustainable home.
The house was thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of the small lot, maximizing the sweeping views by positioning the main public spaces on the second floor and allowing for an abundance of natural light to enter the rooms. The site design integrates a native and drought resistant landscape that frames the house and reinforces the connection of the inside to the outdoors.
Don't miss the opportunity to check out the most beautifully designed homes in the City, join us for the AIA|LA Fall 2012 Home Tour!
Other Designers featured on Four Exclusive Zipcodes include:
- Barton Phelps, FAIA
- Peter Grueneisen, FAIA
- Richard Berliner, AIA
- Frank Escher, AIA; Ravi GuneWardena, AIA
To get your dash of deluxe Los Angeles living, join us for, Four Exclusive Zipcodes, Oct 28th from 11 am - 4pm.
The tour is self-driven, self guided, rain or shine.