Santa Monica, California
Merit Award: Remodel
This two-story rear addition to a 1950s house includes a master suite over a printing studio that opens to a new pool patio.
Why it won: The clarity of the design – continuing the modern post-and-beam architecture of the original house in a subtle way – makes for an almost seamless addition. Yet there are understated differences between old and new, as in the glass corner of the master bedroom; the 5-foot cantilever over the lower floor that shades the patio; and the 18-foot-long wall of sliding glass doors that opens the entire studio to the pool patio, a great feature for parties. The design caused minimal intrusion into the existing structure so the family could remain at home during construction.
Design: Michael W. Folonis and Associates, Santa Monica (310/450-4011)