Midcentury modernism gets a 21st century update inside Richard Neutra’s refreshed Hammerman House in Los Angeles.
Neutra is considered the father of Californian Modernism, and he designed the single-storey Bel Air property in 1954 for the Hammermans. Its present custodians acquired the midcentury property – on the market via Aaron Kirman of Pacific Union International for $13.5m – in the early 2000s and enlisted architect John Bertram to give it a top-to-toe renovation.
The Neutra expert and scholar has restored a number of the architect’s residential designs. He went back to Neutra’s original plans to add an unrealised second storey to the house.
Bertram has retained Neutra’s open floor plan and pared-back aesthetic: soft white and nude tones contrast with dark slate flooring, ash cabinetry and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and living room (including a fireplace and hidden wet bar).
Four bedrooms and shared living spaces across 201 Bentley Circle open out onto concrete terraces, overlooking the landscaped garden and geometric swimming pool, with views to the ocean in the distance.
The 4,315 sq ft Los Angeles property is also kitted with a Creston Home Automation System, and comes with staff accommodation, a garage and half-acre grounds.
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