Facing the Elements

Facing the Elements

By Sarah Amelar / Photos by John Ellis
Incorporating concrete, glass wood, and steel, a house in Malibu stands up to its challenging site.

Carlos Dell’Acqua’s decision to build a home on a steep site in Malibu began with a chance encounter. In late 2000, he was hiking and paused at a vacant lot to catch his breath and take in the spectacular view. Suddenly, a neighbor appeared. "Nice, isn’t it?" she said. "But it’s not for sale!"

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