Open House Obsession: Soaring, Light-Filled Spaces In Santa Monica, $7MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 700 Kingman Avenue, Santa Monica
When: Sunday, July 26 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
What: A collaboration between architect Melinda Gray and LA master builder Rob Hussey, this challenging enclosure of glass, steel, concrete, and Venetian plaster is a radical composition of light and space. Hussey’s personal residence, the 4-bed, 5-bath, 3-car-garage house may be located on a quiet, leafy block in Santa Monica, but once past the elegant front gate, the interior is a soaring vision of catwalks and mysterious, streaming sunlight that owes much to the 18th century engravings of Piranesi.
The filtered light shifts throughout the day, changing with the seasons, and much of the steel structure is visible throughout. On the main level (below) the long spine of the living spaces opens to the pool with 10-foot sliding mahogany and glass doors.
Below, the sybaritic master suite is austere and luxe at the same time.
More: Go to the listing for additional images and information. More on Melinda Gray, AIA and GRAYmatter Architecture here. We liked this house back when it was built, have a look at some images that appeared in the magazine. And who was this guy Piranesi?