We head back to the West Side Home Tour 2013, part of Dwell on Design’s Dwell Home Tours, to take a look at the Mazess House in Santa Monica, California, that was designed by Folonis Architects. This angular residence was built up from the original 1919 bungalow that was in existence. Due to city codes, only 50% of the original building could be demolished so new construction was built to incorporate it and a masonry wall runs through the home clearly marking the two halves. The new portion is built entirely of concrete block.
The public spaces are housed on the first floor, with the private spaces being on the second. There’s a rooftop deck that gives views of the ocean to the west and mountain views to the north. Wide expanses of glass open the space up to the outdoors.
The masonry wall gives the space character and helps break up the mostly black and white interior. The open tread staircase with grid-like rails refrains from being too heavy visually in the open concept living area.
Photos by Tara Wujcik.