Modern Lodge

Overlooking Weatherby Lake, the Modern Lodge reimagines the traditional lakeside retreat. The home is comprised of two stacked volumes, resulting in a simple rectangular form. To counteract the contemporary design, the main structure is covered in a timber cladding giving the facade a rustic quality, while the private wings are clothed in a clean white stucco. The interior follows the same contrasting aesthetic with a mix of clean lines, blackened steel, and warm woods. Large double height windows create a constant connection to the outdoors by providing both water-front views, as well as entry to a covered deck where the surrounding landscape can be enjoyed first-hand.

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    When a Beastie Boy settles down in an oceanside retreat, you get Mike D's Malibu Beach House. The property was already home to a mishmash of buildings that included a three-bedroom house and a few guest cottages. Instead of tearing them all down and starting from scratch, the buildings were incorporated into a single dwelling. A gabled roof was replaced with modern standing-seam metal, while the existing white board-and-batten facade was restored. Although the architecture was left to a professional, the rapper had a hand in the interior design. Polished concrete floors rest below exposed timber beams in the open living area. A bright white palette plays as a backdrop to highlight an eclectic mixture of bold artwork, vintage rugs, and vibrant blue finishes. The introduction of natural light comes from a series of skylights, as well as floor-to-ceiling glazing that also acts as a point of access to a covered terrace, swimming pool, and private fruit orchard.

    Photos: Trevor Tondro

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    Photos: Stefan Bergkvist / Skalso Arkitekter

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