Feinstein Residence

Malibu, CA United States

Kanner Architects


Project Description

2005 RADA

Custom / More Than 3,500 Square Feet / Merit

The dramatic Feinstein residence crests on a slim band of mountainside land that tapers gradually into the ocean. Built for a bachelor dentist, it's transparent, hygienic, contemporary, and fire-resistant. (The owner's previous house perished in a fire.) “The house reflects owner and site with clean lines and a fine touch,” says architect Stephen Kanner. Building projections cleverly shadow expanses of western-facing windows, permitting just a light tint and preserving their “crystalline” quality. Rectangular white tiles emphasize horizontal movement in the building and, more practically, ward off any fire-zone sparks.

The first floor backs into the hillside and Kanner took advantage of the protected elevation for a wall of storage. Steel framing allows for longer wall openings and glass corners, working with the single-loaded plan to ventilate the house with ocean breezes. Upper-level bedrooms bask in wraparound views. The jury admired the mix of simplicity and character, singling out especially “the beautifully detailed elevations.”


Project Details

Feinstein Residence
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    Stephen H. Kanner, Principal In Charge/ Project Architect.
  • General Contractor: JM and Co. 
  • Photography: John Linden 
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    3,645 sq ft
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