The existing two story
house is situated on a small hillside site overlooking the Malibu coastline
and Santa Monica Canyon. The client, a painter who also works as a film
editor, and her husband, a musician and composer, propose to add a painting
studio to the house without changing the interior of the existing house.
The addition is conceptually and structurally a separate building, but,
because of the restricted size of the lot and the views to the southwest
and west, the studio is placed on a steel table which sits over the house.
The footings of the existing house are undisturbed by the addition, which
meets the ground on four steel columns.
aspects of the studio derive in part from the client’s collection
of real, abstracted, and imaginary animals; the studio was seen as a suitable
addition to the collection. The addition, an object on legs, is established
as a counterpoint to the existing house, which grows up the hill as a
result of previous additions, and expresses the polarity between light
and dark, attic and basement, artist and film editor. As a workspace for
a painter who spends many hours in closed, dark editing rooms, the studio
has openings on all four sides, taking advantage of the sea breezes to
ventilate the room, and clerestory windows to provide north light. Three
large pairs of doors provide expansive views of the canyon and ocean.
A cantilevered deck extends the studio floor outward, and a spiral stair
connects with the living room deck below.