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Smith Residence, Malibu, Calif.

Tobias Architecture

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Smith Residence, Malibu, Calif.


Malibu Road


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Project Description

The design of the Smith Residence is ambitious in that it tailors a courtyard house to a sloping site.

The main level contains artfully integrated public spaces, namely the kitchen/family room area and the tri-part living/dining/music room.

The site is designed off the metaphor of stone wall ruins, terraced to create the courtyard at the approximate mid-slope area.

The majority of the mass sits atop this pad, acropolis like when viewed from the rear of the site. A three-story portion of the house creates a visual tie from the top of the site to the bottom, and provides a means of internal vertical circulation as well.

At the top of the site, street level, visitors are invited down to the residence by means of a well-spring at the gate and a stone path adjacent to a babbling brook which emphasizes the existence of the slope.
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