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At this house in Los Angeles, a glass walkway connects two pavilions, creating a private poolside courtyard.

At this house in Los Angeles, a glass walkway connects two pavilions, creating a private poolside courtyard.

The firm’s reputation as a master of Modern restorations also helps it to land new-house commissions such as this cleverly sited hillside residence in Los Angeles.

A restoration and addition to Albert Frey’s 1946 Loewy House in Palm Springs, Calif., demanded intensive research and a strong dose of humility. “You have to be willing to step into the original architect’s mind,” says Radziner. “If you inject your own eg

While Marmol and Radziner are modernists at heart, they’re not dogmatic over issues of style. At an addition to a 1923 clapboard cottage (1998), they gently grafted more contemporary pieces onto the original while preserving its design integrity.

At an addition to a 1923 clapboard cottage, they gently grafted more contemporary pieces onto the original while preserving its design integrity.

At a new residence (2002) for Ron Radziner and his family in Venice, Calif., the second story steps back to let the home’s scale match its one-story neighbors.

High-end custom isn’t the only housing type to interest Marmol and Radziner. They’ve designed special-needs apartments (above), Marmol’s prefab vacation home (top), and two single-family residences they’re developing (middle).

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