Palladian Villa in Malibu

While this property on the rugged cliffs in the north end of Malibu commands spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the homeowners found the existing house too grandiose, overwhelming in scale and underwhelming in detail. To suit the homeowner’s desire for restraint, a Palladio-inspired design was developed to both reduce the sheer volume of the house by 5000 square feet and distinguish its form with a main block and two subordinate wings.

Echoing the reserved character of the exterior, the interiors employ a classical vocabulary of ornament, but maintain a relative simplicity. Glass and steel windows and doors which punctuate the gracious, airy plan, and a screening room with a retractable roof are two reminders that this is a modern renovation.