The Modern Rejuvenation of a Classic California Home

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Henbest Residence is a private house recently redesigned by Robert Sweet, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Initially planned and designed in 1966 by the iconic mid-century modern Architect Pierre Koenig, the building is considered a rejuvenation of a classic California home: “The new design upgrades the building envelope, MEPs, updates finishes, and gently renovates and expands the floor plan to accommodate the current owners program, while paying special attention to respect the homes architectural roots”, explained the architects. Every sequence of space is connected to a generously-sized courtyard, thus blurring the indoor-outdoor line.

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By removing some walls from the structure, the architects managed to open most of the interiors towards expansive ocean views. The layout is highly functional: “A compartmentalized kitchen and service core are gutted to create an open kitchen, dining and living space. The master suite is expanded, replacing a small enclosed patio for livable square footage.

A new guest wing is added, connecting the once detached garage to the main house. All of the fenestration is upgraded to meet current standards including new, fully retractable multi-panel sliding glass walls.” What are your thoughts on this home rejuvenation project? [Photos by Chang Kyun Kim]

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