The Manhattan Ave Residence is one of Laney LA's first major constructions and has become a very special project. The studio was hired by a celebrity athlete to design and direct all aspects of the exterior architecture. Laney LA created an iconic, gabled roofline and muscular wood facade, softened by traditional windows and Canadian stone.
In addition to the exterior architecture, Laney LA designed and permitted the walk street encroachments, giving the home a sense of connection to the site. The custom slat fence follows the language established by the wood-clad facades above. All components were modeled in 3D, giving the Client a full picture of the home, prior to construction.
The final result is a stunning, modern interpretation of the gabled beach bungalow. The home emerges from the sloped walk street, lifting your eye to the distinct roofline and expansive deck. Leveraging the opportunity for a reverse floor plan, the main living spaces enjoy stunning ocean views and vaulted ceilings.
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One of the main challenges during construction was the aggressive cantilevered roof, which became integral to the climatic, covered deck space. Large steel beams, clad in wood, made this special feature possible. The balcony walls alternate between solid surface, to create privacy, and transparent glass railings, to capture the view of the ocean.
Looking west, this home catches a glimpse of the Manhattan Beach shoreline, through the traditional steel windows.
The home is furnished with an eclectic blend of coastal and industrial pieces.
A light, reclaimed wood floor transitions to a glossy, patterned marble surface, as the home transitions from the kitchen to the office.
Soft, gray, flush framed cabinets provide a more traditional, timeless touch to this otherwise modern home.
The master bathroom is another example of the intersection of rustic, raw materials, paired with the glamor of an oversized calacatta slab and a contemporary tub.
The climax of the project is the large outdoor deck, protected by the cantilevered gabled roof. The space includes an oversized fireplace, outdoor TV, heaters, speakers, and landscape. Large steel sliding doors connect this deck to the great room.
The entry showcases a rustic reclaimed wood staircase, with simple steel uprights.
The beach room bar utilizes high windows, due to the sunken retaining walls required at the upper end of the site. Dark stone slabs compliment the coated steel shelving. Raw leather stools provide the accent of color, against the personality of the cement tile floor.
The powder rooms were allowed extra personality. A full slab vanity is set on chrome legs, against a bamboo print wallpaper and decorative mirror.