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Fall AIA/LA Home Tour: Michael Lee Architects' Rogers-Sturz Residence

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In addition to the Silver Lake MAK Tour, the AIA/LA Home Tour was held this weekend in Manhattan Beach. The home tour madness continues...

The Rogers-Sturz Residence by Michael Lee of Michael Lee Architects is half a mile from the Pacific on a shady sloping road lined with cottages. The house and its furnishings are mid-century cool, but its small footprint and all the openness to the ocean air make the house feel beachy. Rogers-Sturz, a commission by two doctors, is only 2,300 square feet and on a long, narrow lot, so Lee (who was also the builder) focused on bringing in a lot of natural light and ventilation. On the first floor, an open kitchen and dining area lead to a glass-walled courtyard. An office at the front of the house opens onto a garden and can be closed off from the kitchen with floor to ceiling sliding doors. The second floor comes in two parts--a back staircase leads to a guest suite with a balcony overlooking the courtyard. A front staircase goes to the master suite, which looks out to the living room and courtyard on one side; its balcony faces the garden and the street on the other.
· Michael Lee Architects [Official Site]