DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT | DAN BRUNN ARCHITECTURE

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Israeli-born architect Dan Brunn, AIA, of Dan Brunn Architecture, is a wildly talented designer and long-time partner of the Caesarstone team. He has developed awe-inspiring commercial and residential projects worldwide since establishing his firm, Dan Brunn Architecture, in 2005. He believes an architect’s role is to craft spaces that respect the site, provoke sensuous interaction, and heighten the user’s connection with the space.

Brunn designed a modern waterfront home that we’re lucky enough to tour today. Get ready to be green with envy!

This home has deep terraces on each floor to maximize outdoor spaces and ocean views. The three-story house occupies a narrow oceanfront lot on Venice Beach between a house previously completed by Brunn (for a different owner) and a two-story apartment building. This tight infill site led the architect to cleverly maximize openness and daylight inside the house so the rooms feel spacious and unencumbered.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

Numerous skylights, floor-to-ceiling glass, and generous windows illuminate the house from the top and sides. The zig-zag shape of the beachfront balconies, gray stucco panels, and rhythmic window patterns create dynamic façades. The visual interplay of projecting and recessing planes facing the beach suggests the ebb and flow of the ocean tides as seen from the house.

The five-bedroom house includes a ground-floor apartment with a kitchenette, as well as expansive garage. The two floors built above constitute the main living spaces. All three levels are connected by an elevator. Board-formed concrete anchors the ground level, providing a solid foundation for the stucco-and-glass dwelling on the upper two levels.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

Inside, a glass-enclosed, terrazzo-lined staircase illuminated by large skylights and a two-story glazed exterior wall allow sunlight to penetrate into the heart of the house. Stairs appear to be floating due to a hidden tension rod design, further contributing to the airy nature of the interiors. Each stair landing is positioned halfway up a floor, offering dynamic views at each level of both the staircase and adjacent rooms.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

On the second floor, living, kitchen, and dining areas are arranged within an open space adjacent to an outdoor terrace framed in floor-to-ceiling glass. Glass guardrails are laminated with a gentle opaque-to-clear gradation film to enable both privacy and views.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

Opposite from the staircase, a gas fireplace and built-in cabinets create a sleek area with plenty of storage.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

The streamlined kitchen feature Caesarstone Pure White counters. The all-white palette brightens the space and turns any accessory into a pop of color.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

A clerestory window above the built-ins, again made of Pure White Caesarstone counters, and deep light well in the corner of the dining space allows more daylight to filter through this level.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

The third-floor master suite is similarly treated as a flowing space adjoining an outdoor deck.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

The bedroom and bathroom with Pure White Caesarstone counters are interconnected with a freestanding, sculptural bathtub open to window views. A cubic shower is composed of frosted glass.

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

(Photographer: Brandon Shigeta)

Also on the third floor is a combination art studio and office illuminated by skylights, featuring a custom-designed desk system fabricated by Caesarstone.

An open stairwell, framing a view of the sky, leads from the third floor to the roof deck with seating and dining areas, and expansive ocean views.

We have plenty more Dan Brunn for you to enjoy in future Designer Spotlights, but for now, we’ll leave you with the amazing “Zig-Zag House”! Each room a brilliant creation, we’d love to hear which part is your favorite! Head to Facebook or Twitter to let us know.

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