Michael Lee Architects
Ibaraki Residence 3100 Maple Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA
2005 Design

This 3,000 square foot house sits on a corner lot in a somewhat typical suburban neighborhood. The gentle slope of the street provides a plinth-like setting for the entry and living room spaces, both of which look out over the corner. The massing of the house is a simple combination of one large rectangular volume with pavilion-like attachments that enclose the garage, stair, and living room. The living room is a rotated volume with outwardly canted walls that collide with the oversized fireplace and a horizontal awning structure in an energetic sculptural assemblage that complements the simple floor plan and masks the project’s modest budget. Interior finishes are uncomplicated maple cabinets with natural stone counters and tile. The stained concrete floors have integral radiant heat, and a red column provides a focal element at one corner of the two-story kitchen space.