Magazine article Sunset

Malibu Minimalism

Magazine article Sunset

Malibu Minimalism

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This, then, is the california dream. Resting on a plateau overlooking the Pacific, Elsie and Dan O'Herlihy's house is elegant in the mathematical sense, for a solution in that discipline is called elegant when it exhibits perfect lucidity and form. Juror Paulett Taggart remarked, "I don't think I've ever seen anyone try to do the same thing so simply and so classically."

Architect Lorcan O'Herlihy of Santa Monica designed the house for his parents, and their instructions for the Trancas Canyon site near the Ventura County line were clear from the outset. "I got tired of looking at German schlosses and ranch-style Versailleses [around here]," Dan says. "I told him I want a California house."

The house reads as a modernist adobe. Foot-thick plaster walls create deep reveals for windows and doors, which along with Mexican tile floors and beamed ceilings give the house its warm, rustic character. The tile pavers extend around the pool, helping unite inside and outside.

Though organization and proportion are important, they don't become obsessive. …

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