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  • Kahn Residence - West Side Home Tour

    Photo: Bernard Wolf

  • Kahn Residence - West Side Home Tour

    Photo: Bernard Wolf

Kahn Residence

Santa Monica, CA

West Side Home Tour
Sunday, June 24, 2012

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A creative collaboration between architect and clients, the Kahn Residence's modern architectural design is counterpoised by the client's wonderfully eclectic and ever evolving collection of art, furnishings and artifacts, and by their wild cycad-laden landscape.

With a budget conscious approach and with the intention of creating an airy outdoor/indoor living environment, the client and architect determined to keep the nearly-square footprint of the extant house, gut the original house's claustrophobic interiors, extrude this core upward to create a natural light-filled central open living room/atrium, then add more intimately-scaled spaces in the form of non-orthogonal appendages. A roof deck, with 360-degree views, is accessed by exterior stairs, which feature prominently in the form-making expression of the house.

The core of the house is finished with smooth plaster, while projecting appendages are clad in vertical-seam metal siding. Planter walls and other formed-concrete building elements extend outward to engage the client’s abundance of plantings.

Interiors, composed of an austere palette of woods, metal and painted finishes, provide an unobtrusive backdrop for the client’s collections. A few built-in artifacts of construction - an exposed structural steel “X” brace and the LED-haloed stripped down brick fireplace from the original house - and custom collaborations between client and artist friends - porcelain castings of Italian Renaissance angel wings in the master bath/shower and stenciled tiles in secondary bathrooms - further reflect the clients' interests.

About the Architect

Thumb Jesse Bornstein, AIA, LEED AP
Jesse Bornstein Architecture

An L.A. native, Jesse Bornstein grew up in the 60’s and 70’s working construction for his artist/builder father, and exploring the local work of Wright, Schindler, Neutra and other modern masters. A graduate of Santa Monica College, UCBerkeley and Harvard University, Jesse has gone on to design and build many noteworthy single and multi-family residential projects throughout California. His work has been much published, toured and awarded. Working collaboratively with each of his clients from design conception, through construction, and beyond, Jesse actively listens and shares his creative vision and passion for building and shaping space. Over the past 30 plus years, Jesse has continued to evolve his understanding of how to efficiently and cost-effectively create singularly beautiful, lasting and life-affirming environments. His and his associate’s experience extend to commercial interiors and larger institutional and speculative development projects.

Jesse, his wife and two daughters live in Santa Monica, where he also maintains his design-build practice.

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