The Architecture of Malibu: Richard Meier


Posted on March 28, 2012

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

In the world of real estate, Malibu luxury homes designed by architect Richard Meier are highly sought after. Richard Meier was born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. A class of 1957 Cornell University graduate, he established his own architecture firm in New York in 1963. Meier has received many awards for his architectural works, including the 1984 Pritzker Prize, the 1989 Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects, a medal of honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 12 national AIA Honor Awards, 31 New York AIA Design Awards and the Arnold W Brunner Memorial Prize for the American Academy of Institute of Arts and Letters.

Meier’s sleek, white designs are noted for their refinement and variation on classic modernist principles – pure geometry, open space, with an emphasis on light. Although Meier’s works can be found internationally, they can also be found locally. In Los Angeles, the Getty Centre and the Museum of Television and Radio are but two examples of Meier's designs. Additionally, there are several Malibu beach homes located on the Pacific Coast Highway that were designed by Meier.

The Ackerberg Home was built for Norman and Lisette Ackerberg in 1986. Located at 22466 Pacific Coast Highway, this luxury beach home is surrounded by the mountains that line the highway and the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The modern-elegant style of this two-story home was heavily influenced by the traditional style of courtyards that are typically found in southern California. In 1991, the home was awarded the AIALA Merit Award.

In 2001, the Broad Residence was built for Eli and Edythe Broad. Known for his heavy influence on the Los Angeles art scene, Eli Broad is ranked the 157th richest person in the world by Forbes Magazine. Also known as the Southern California Beach House, this luxury home is located at 21958 Pacific Coast Highway.

Richard Meier designed The Morton Residence for Hard Rock Café Founder, Peter Morton, in 2006. This Malibu beach home is particularly interesting, due to the fact that the exterior features wood (teak), instead of the white walls of many other Meier luxury homes. Covering over 7000 square feet, the home features a guest wing which is separated from the main house by a courtyard. The Morton Residence is located at 22258 and 22310 Pacific Coast Highway.

 


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