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Henbest House


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Henbest House

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3,340 sq. feet


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2015 Residential Architect Design Awards
Honorable Mention

This renovation by Redondo Beach, Calif.–based RAS-A pays homage to the original architect, midcentury master and Case Study House pioneer Pierre Koenig, while adapting and expanding the 1966 house for contemporary life. RAS-A removed a pair of existing 10-foot-tall walls to create a more open entry courtyard that incorporates a new pool, which was inspired by Koenig’s original site plan but not built the first time around. The architects emphasized the views of the Pacific Ocean from the interior, reinforcing the relationship between inside and outside. RAS-A selectively eliminated partitions in the kitchen and service core to create a more open floor plan, and aligned the new kitchen with Koenig’s expressed structural system. The master suite was expanded into what had been an enclosed patio space, and a guest wing was added, connecting the formerly detached garage to the main house. The designers used simple modern furnishings throughout to underscore the house’s pedigree without turning it into a period piece. —Alan G. Brake

From the Jury

“Lovely work that takes full advantage of and improves upon the original architecture.” —Bruce D. Snider

Project Credits

Design/Build Firm: RAS-A, Redondo Beach, Calif.—Robert A. Sweet
Project Size: 3,340 square feet
Construction Cost: $300 per square foot

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