The late Bay Area architect Daniel Liebermann is often noted for his radial designs, a home archetype he perfected beginning with the well-known Radius House in Mill Valley, California. Liebermann, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, often took an artisanal approach to the construction process, carefully selecting materials such as recycled lumber, hand-hammered copper, and multi-paneled windows to reflect natural light. That's why, when fellow Taliesin student Donald Hoppen designed a similar structure, he called on Liebermann to bring the idea to life.
According to an article in the SF Gate, it all began when Hoppen met up with his friend, Tomak Ulatowski, in Venice, Italy. The two discussed Ulatowski's recent purchase of a lot in the hills of Berkeley, inspiring Hoppen to sketch an idea for a home on a cafe napkin. The rough idea materialized when Liebermann was asked to join the team and flesh out the plans with his characteristic style.
Completed in 1980, the home grew to become an exceptional example of Liebermann's work. His influence is obvious, from the stunning radial core to the integration of natural materials and local craftsmanship. The one-of-a-kind property overlooks expansive views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Ulatowski and his family lived in the home until 2000, after which time renovations were completed by the new owners.
Spread out across almost 4,000 square feet, the elegantly modernized home offers four bedrooms and four bathrooms divided between two levels. An adjacent lot is also included in the sale. Keep scrolling to see more of this unique home, currently listed for $2,650,000.
During a 2011 interview with Marin Magazine, Liebermann was asked about his architectural philosophy: "Most people don’t get me because all my buildings look the same. I was not an art deco type; I was in pursuit of a deeper organicism," he said. "I see buildings as a very dynamical static bundle of forces. My buildings are like yachts, sailboats moored at anchor or at sea; the motion isn’t as visible, but the dynamical inputs are as great."
150 Bret Harte Road in Berkeley, CA, is currently listed for $2,650,000 by Sean Walsh of Compass.
Photography: Open Homes Photography Inc.
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