16 January 2017
By Michael J. Marquez, AIA
Guild Board President
This past Saturday morning, I along with fellow Board member Leslie Young of Stir Architecture, hosted a small party of mentees from the School of Architecture for a tour of the recently completed Robertson Residence in Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills.
My office had been working on this recently completed project for just over two years and it is currently on the market. The walls (and ceilings) of this house stand tall with the assistance of Risha Engineering (an advid supporter of the Guild) and KGM Architectural Lighting, which of course is headed by past Guild President and classmate, Michael Gehring, FAIA.
The 6,000 SF house is located on a magnificent view lot and was built for sale by the talented Clive Robertson. This was the first collaboration between Michael Marquez Architects and Clive, and on this project, Clive showed every ounce of his insight and knowledge of Architecture.
The students had the opportunity to witness first hand the result of some creative thinking and the response to some extremely challenging conditions. The project was tested by restrictive height limits, a challenging building pad and by constant demands for access to the view. The result of those solutions became a pleasing collection of integrated spaces, each of which respected each other and provided breath taking views in almost every direction imaginable.
The project was also a wonderful opportunity for the students to see what can happen when a client and an architect work in concert. By not surrendering to the imposing limitations, the house was able to provide different internal environments, defined by light and volume and general massing that eventually feed off itself. There virtually wasn’t a single space in the house that didn’t demand your attention and evoke a sense of envy for everyone who experienced it.
Being able to share one of our most successful pieces of architecture with our mentees was also a great reward for me. When the morning came to an end, I believe all of the students walked away feeling a sense of power, knowing that it’s possible for their visions to become a reality.