Location: Malibu, CA
Architect: Lehrer Architects LA, Inc
Project Architect: Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA
Photography: Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA
Awards: Top 100 Architecture Projects of the Past Decade, Arch Daily, 2016
Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum, 2011
Award of Merit for Excellence in Design, American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles, 2010
Gold Nugget Grand Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 2010
This run-down building has served thousands of campers over its 55 year history. It has been closed off from its context, effectively disconnecting itself from the outdoors for over half a century. With an extremely limited budget and the virtual certainty of triggering significant environmental regulations with new construction, it was decided to try to save this underperforming, unremarkable building.
Leverage an extraordinary site, an oak-filled riparian valley floor–that has always been disconnected from the interior denying significant access, views and natural light—by dramatically and simply opening the building up, both horizontally to the landscape, and vertically to the sky and the tree tops.