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Malibu Beach House by Barbara Bestor

Diamond Residence designed by Bestor Architecture. Shot by Laure Joliet 2016
Mike D of the Beastie Boys enlisted architect Barbara Bestor to devise a haven that celebrates the best of California living. On a large, flat property in Point Dume with a lawn that stretches to a fruit orchard Mike D discovered ramshackle structures (a three-bedroom house with a few loosely connected guest cottages) in need of repair. His goal, rather than tear down the buildings, was to unite and logically connect what had become a hodgepodge of nondescript buildings.
Diamond Residence designed by Bestor Architecture. Shot by Laure Joliet 2016

Mike D who had known architect Barbara Bestor, for years worked on a plan that would renovate all the buildings but in a cohesive, beach style. Barbara would do all the architecture, and the owner oversaw the interiors, collaborating closely with her team. The main house was formerly closed off and had small rooms. It did not connect to the outside. Barbara’s solution was to raise the middle portion of the house, creating an entirely new great room, with radiant flooring, that opened up completely to the terrace and lawn. She then inverted the standard gabled roof, creating a butterfly shape that brings in natural light and air.

Diamond Residence designed by Bestor Architecture. Shot by Laure Joliet 2016

The indoor-outdoor living concept is embraced and enhanced by the addition of skylights and clerestory windows and bringing the exterior walls’ board-and-batten treatment inside. The same upholstery fabrics were used for indoor built-ins and outdoor cushions. All custom cabinetry was designed by Bestor Architecture.

Diamond Residence designed by Bestor Architecture. Shot by Laure Joliet 2016

Bestor Architecture is an architectural practice dedicated to finding transformative design opportunities in daily life experience. Barbara Bestor developed a varied and progressive body of work over the last fifteen years that engages, amuses and communicates with people on many levels, often outside the boundaries traditionally delineated for architecture.

Diamond Residence designed by Bestor Architecture. Shot by Laure Joliet 2016

She has completed numerous influential public spaces, design installations and commercial establishments as well as a book on design and community, “Bohemian Modern.” The office is dedicated to expanding architecture through culture, reclaiming the larger territory of design to bolster its architecture’s ability to communicate.

Photo credit : Laure Joliet

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