Holleb Residence In Santa Monica, California

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Finished in 2011, the Holleb Residence flaunts 4,000 square feet of living space and is located in Santa Monica, California, USA. It was designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects for a family of four and features spacious, well-lit interiors as well as a modern, pure white facade. Its interior highlights include a sculptural staircase and a cutout terrace that divides the living spaces into front and back areas.


The ground floor comprises the entryway, the guestroom, the dining area, a kitchen and a living room that has a double-height ceiling. Upstairs, the master bedroom is separated from the children’s rooms with the help of a terrace and an atrium. What makes this home stand out among its peers is the fact that it comprises a fair number of small areas, each boasting its own specific purpose.

From the architect:

The Holleb Residence is a 4,000 square foot home for a family of four in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica.

Its main organizing feature is a sculptural stair and second floor “cut-out” terrace that splits the house into front and back zones.

On the ground floor, the structure’s main entry separates the garage and guest room from the kitchen, dining, and living areas, which flow out into the back yard.

On the second floor, the terrace and atrium provide privacy between the parents’ suite and their children’s bedroom and play areas, which overlook the play spaces in the rear.

The residence differs from the firm’s other houses in its inclusion of many smaller spaces and rooms, all intended for specific uses by its inhabitants, but all held together by the circulation system and the centrally-located double-height living room.

Architect In Charge: John Friedman
Project Team: Alice Kimm, Garrett Belmont
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Benny Chan / Fotoworks

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