Manhattan Ave Residence
Inserted into a densely developed, beach front community on a modest 30 x 45-foot lot, this house takes full advantage of the natural light, views and breezes that are unique to the coastal environment of Southern California.
The main loft space is located at the upper level and wrapped with windows to allow for a commanding 360 degree view. The concept is borrowed from traditional marine structures such as lighthouses and life guard stands. The corner glass enclosed stair tower serves as the main organizing element and extends and shares the interior spaces with the street.
Status: Completed in 1995
Project Size: 2,293 s.f.
Architectural Team: Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Michael Hricak, FAIA, Jeffrey Markwith, Andrea Bellon, Mark Henbree, Matthew Walker, Debbi Goto, Anna Gay Del Vescov
Inspired by the rough, tactile charm of shoreline shacks, our client commissioned us to reinterpret a “modern beach home.” Consequently, the design draws its personality from the site’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and prominent position on the corner of a Manhattan Beach walk-street. A centrally located courtyard garden heightens the classic indoor-outdoor connection to the communal spaces of the first floor and brings warmth and light to the bedrooms and office on the floor above. A gentle wood stair, punctured by glass slots, encourages additional views and moments of sunshine as visitors ascend to the third floor. This final space, complete with a wet bar and spacious deck, satisfies our clients’ natural affinity for lounging beneath Southern California sunsets.
Status: Completed in 2012
Project Size: 4,941 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Keith Ireland, AIA, Bridget Zimniski, Anthony Laney
Drawing from the heritage of a traditional farmhouse, this modern residence expresses the beauty of a home both classic and contemporary, orthodox and original.
Status: Design Phase
Project Size: 7,220 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Anthony Laney