An Angeleno brings polish and beauty to its traditional beachside homes.
By Marisa Spyker
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In Los Angeles, the land of theatrical gestures, architect Lewin Wertheimer stands out as a top-notch designer of historically sensitive beach homes with a vivid sense of place.
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Certainly not lacking in stunning water views, this Malibu home was built to take full advantage of its location. Case in point: the wide-open loggia. “It’s really the heart of the home,” says Wertheimer. “It has dramatic vistas while at the same time having protection from the elements with arched openings and groin-vaulted ceilings.” Ochre-colored plaster walls and columns bring color to the space and nix the need for any outdoor paint.
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East Meets West
Wertheimer looked to the distinct cottage style of The Hamptons when designing this Malibu beachfront home located on a sprawling six-acre plot of land. Durable natural cedar shingles and brick give the exterior its desired East Coast aesthetic and ensure it will hold up in harsh seaside conditions.
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Perched in a busy Venice, California, neighborhood, this modern abode takes cues from contemporary Japanese and Mediterranean architecture to create a setting that evokes relaxation. “Venice lots tend to be small so it was very important to create a flowing indoor/outdoor experience with the foldaway glass doors and outdoor living porch,” says Wertheimer. “Being in an urban setting, we wanted to create a spa-like, peaceful refuge.”
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With high vaulted ceilings, expansive, treatment-free windows, and durable dark wood floors, this oceanfront Malibu home is all about enjoying the views in a casual, low-maintenance environment. “The master bedroom is minimally furnished, letting the Pacific Ocean be the main design element,” he says.
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When given a charming lot on a quaint street in Manhattan Beach, Wertheimer created a home that would stand out at first glance. A large, wide-open front porch decorated with a climbing garden and plenty of light streaming out from inside creates an inviting hangout, while architectural details like the corrugated metal roof and gabled roof spire bring island touches to the SoCal beach cottage.
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Luxury and laid-back beach style are juxtaposed in this Malibu kitchen, which features white-painted beadboard ceilings and rustic dark wood floors. Honed Carrara marble countertops and a creamy white glazed backsplash bring elegance to the space, while a fireclay farmhouse sink, unlacquered brass faucets, and antique bell jar light fixtures from Rosemarie McCaffrey in Santa Monica infuse a casual vibe. Visit Wertheimer-architect.com for more.