Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

Project: Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow
Architects: Abramson Architects
Interior Design: Magni Kalman Design
Construction: MODAA Construcion
Location: Beverly Hills, California, United States
Size: 2,500 sq ft
Completion date: 2020
Photo Credits: Manolo Langis
Text and Photos: Courtesy of Abramson Architects

Blurring the edges between indoors and out, the re-design of this lush Beverly Hills Bungalow focuses on redistributing the home’s layout to create a welcoming internal courtyard. Once inside the entry vestibule, a series of well-composed sightlines establish a simultaneously elegant and informal entry sequence. The lush interior garden is a sanctuary, easily accessible from the kitchen, dining room, and living room.

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

Traditional textures such as rough-cut stone and weathered wood blend with more contemporary elements ranging from smooth-trowel stucco, powder-coated metal, and glass. The second phase of construction, completed three years later, transformed the segmented kitchen and dining area into an open plan concept with a seamless connection to the lush courtyard oasis.

courtyard, Abramson Architects

The sophisticated second story addition creates a loose dichotomy between the new structure and the previous single-story dwelling. In response to the home’s location and the owner’s design aesthetic, the second-floor addition is modest and makes no moves to disrupt the privacy of its neighbors.

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

Who are the clients and what’s interesting about them?
The architect met the owner 15 years ago when he and his wife at the time were renovating their home, which was subsequently sold upon their divorce. Both the owner and architect are South-African born but reside in Los Angeles.

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

What was the brief?
The owner wanted to update their Beverly Hills bungalow to better suit their changing lifestyle. A single bachelor with college-aged children, the owner’s main goals focused on creating a forever home within the existing footprint. But he also wanted to design a space that would accommodate his style while still catering to the tastes of a potential new partner, if and when she comes into the picture.

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

What were the key challenges?
Renovating a single-story 1930s bungalow measuring little more than 2,000 square feet was the largest challenge.

dining area, Abramson Architects

What were the solutions?
A series of well-composed sightlines establish a simultaneously elegant and informal reception sequence. The lush interior garden is a sanctuary, easily accessible from the kitchen, dining room, and living room.

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

The sophisticated second story addition creates a loose dichotomy between the new structure and the previous single-story dwelling. In response to the home’s location and the owner’s design aesthetic, the 1,425 square foot second-floor addition is modest and makes no moves to disrupt the privacy of its neighbors.

kitchen, Abramson Architects

Key products used:
Traditional textures such as rough-cut stone and weathered wood blend with more contemporary elements ranging from smooth-trowel stucco, powder-coated metal, and glass.

Bulthaup (Kitchen)
FURNISHINGS:
*Piero Lissoni (Seating in Vestibule)
*Eero Saarinen Tulip table,
*a David Weeks fixture,
*and vintage Saarinen chairs
*A pair of vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen chairs.
*Roberto Lazzeroni desk with a vintage Robert Bulmore lamp
*Milo Baughman chaise in bedroom
ART:
*A mirror-polished, hand-etched steel piece by young artist Dean Levin
*Photo behind desk in office is Mona Kuhn
*Joel Morrison’s stainless steel “Nail Abstraction” from his Cartier series stands by the new patinated steel stairway in a double-height volume.

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

stairs, Abramson Architects

bedroom, Abramson Architects

home office, Abramson Architects

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

bathroom, Abramson Architects

Lush Beverly Hills Bungalow by Abramson Architects

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