Studio Bestor Architecture designs Malibu Residence for rapper Mike D with vibrant, colorful and open plan interior!
Founded in 1995, Bestor Architecture is all about giving form, shape and character into communities. The city of Los Angeles was totally redefined with the studio’s rigorous practices which engage on design, art and urbanism. Bestor studio has designed a wide range of projects including Beats by Dre headquarters, Blackbirds and Intelligentsia café.
Recently they were given the challenge to transform rundown buildings in the southern California into a spacious, beach house for the member of Beastie Boys – Mike D.
Located in Point Dume, the Malibu residence extends out into the Pacific Ocean. This area is known for its scenic beaches and rocky coves, and attracts celebrities each year, including Bob Dylan and actress Julia Roberts which have been living in the peninsula.
Miked D who co-founded the hip-hop group Beastie Boys, found the flat property in Point Dume, which contained a three-bedroom house and several guest cottages. His vision was to upgrade the property into a comfortable home for his active family by preserving its structure.
“His goal, rather than tear down the buildings, was to unite and logically connect what had become a hodgepodge of nondescript buildings.”
Inside, the team reconfigured areas of the home to enable a better connection to the backyard, which features a large lawn, swimming pool and fruit orchard. A large, shaded terrace was also enhanced.
The middle portion of the house was lifted to create a spacious and radiant living space that opens up to the terrace and lawn.
The same board-and-batten concept was used indoors while timber roof beams were left exposed. The ceilings were underlined with skylights to allow plenty of natural lighting. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in additional light while enabling outward views.
Concrete flooring and white walls create a subdued atmosphere that is enlivened with pops of color. An oversized front door rendered in bright lemon yellow serves as a dominant feature in the open-plan living area.
Multicoloured rugs, vibrant artwork and blue furnishings further animate the interior design.