- Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA
This single-family residence and private library was a rare opportunity to restore and build onto a historically designated property originally designed by Wallace Neff in the 1920s.
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A new two-story building, consisting of a garage on its first level and a private library on the second level, includes storage, a reading area and a powder room. The illuminated facade is made of bronze-anodized aluminum metal panels.
The building addition’s most distinct feature is its metal screen façade. The screens open like shutters for clear views of the property, and when shut, allows for privacy, sun shading and environmental control.
A carefully designed palette of hardscape introduced a balanced outdoor area and a pool addition.
Work included the interior renovation of the family room, restoring the ceiling archways and demolishing its north facing wall for a new entry way.
Lined with tiles from the historic Jackling House, designed by George Washington Smith and once owned by Steve Jobs, the pool addition gave reason to further enjoy the southern California climate.
The screen panels are made of bronze anodized aluminum – water jet cut for a precise and patterned variable apertures, referencing the original home’s precast concrete window grilles.