July 23, 2007

Mod Dads' Rad Mid-Mod Add-On Is One-In-8*10^7

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The kids were demanding their own rooms, and Tom Lloyd-Butler and his partner Dan Zelen needed extra space for their surfboards, so they carefully added on to the sweet 2BR mid-century modern house that UC Berkeley architecture professor Ernest Born had built for himself on the Great Highway in Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

The NY Times Magazine has a feature on the remarkably sympathetic, 3-story Cor-Ten steel tower by Aidlin Darling, which sits next to Born's double-height, fir, concrete, cork and travertine box. When adding space without altering the original meticulous and intact design, it helped that the little house was on six lots--did I read that right? three wide and two deep? Nice work, I guess it's great to see how the other half lives. Or the other 0.1%, anyway.

Or the 1% of the 25% of the 5% of the 10% of that 0.1% who bought the house with their wives, then divorced, kept the kids, and built on with their new male partners.

Twice as Nice [nyt mag, image: dwight eschliman, nyt]
The project was also profiled in Dwell: "By 2005, the family’s needs had changed." [dwell.com]

2 Comments

Beautiful home! "[R]emarkably sympathetic" indeed -- it looks completely organic, steel construction notwithstanding. Thanks for the link to the Dwell article, too, with the detail on the visual choices Born made.

link to nyt article?

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