TOLO Architecture

TOLO Architecture

Los Angeles, CA


Sunglass House

Inspired by the Ed Ruscha painting, “Malibu = Sliding Glass Doors,” this design overlooking the Pacific Ocean acts as a viewing/veiling device between the seer and sea. The house is compressed between a series of retaining walls and a series of freestanding glass facades that slip past the edges of the volumes and reflect the landscape. Cantilevered concrete volumes plug into a circulation spine, connecting the two floors and the children’s wing to the master suite. Voids and clerestories puncture the circulation space bringing natural light inside the house. The living space opens wide onto a terrace facing the ocean.

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Status: Built
Location: Malibu, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Jeremy Schacht, Maria Iwanicki, Brian Proffitt, Tinka Rogic, Leilani Trujillo
ENGINEERS: Gilsanz Murray Steficek (Structural), Innovative Engineering Group (MEP), RJR Engineering (Geotechnical), Project Engineering Group (Civil)
LANDSCAPE: Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture
INTERIOR DESIGN: Deborah Goldstein Design Inc.
CONSULTANTS: Lighting DesignAlliance (Lighting), Audio Visual Systems Los Angeles (Audio/ Visual), Rothermel & Associates (Rothermel & Associates (Acoustic), GoldbrechtUSA (Curtain Wall)
CONTRACTOR: Winters-Schram Associates
AWARDS: 2007 American Institute of Architects Merit Award, 2010 Excellence Award, Residential Concrete Building Category Southern California Concrete Producers