Marmol Radziner + Associates: Between Architecture and Construction

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Princeton Architectural Press, May 15, 2008 - Architecture - 174 pages
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If you design some of the most stylish and beautiful modern houses in the Los Angeles area, including many for celebrityclients, how do you ensure that the projects are built to the standards you, and your patrons, demand? If you're the highlysought-after firm of Marmol Radziner + Associates, you do what an increasing number of practices are doing: becomeyour own contractor, building your projects with the same rigor and beauty with which they were designed, and, in theprocess, remake your firm into one of the most visible and successful design-build firms in the country.

Praised as "modernist savants" by the New York Times, Marmol Radziner + Associates have redefined the indoor-outdoor California lifestyle made famous by legendary mid-century modernists such as Richard Neutra and Albert Frey. Their multifaceted projects include not only residential, commercial, and institutional buildings but also mid-century modern home restorations, furniture, and prefab home manufacturing. Whether building a Hollywood hideaway that floats ethereally over a lush garden or a childcare center for LAX airport employees, each project embodies the philosophy of the firm by integrating finely crafted details with technically inventive modern spaces. Marmol Radziner + Associates explains in detail how this pioneering design-build firmone of the few led by architectshas managed to integrate buildinginstallation, construction, and fabrication into one seamless design process. Architects Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner give an open and honest account of the inner workings of their award-winning firm. Their personal perspectives combined with interviews with employees, clients, and collaborators highlight the synergistic nature of their work. This unique monograph takes the reader from the early stages of conceptual design all the way through construction with special attention focused on their innovative solutions to a variety of on-site challenges.

 

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Contents

Foreword by Paul Goldberger
8
Introduction
11
The Early Years
15
Guttentag Studio
23
Kaufmann House Restoration
29
Harris Pool House
45
LAXFirst Flight Child Development Center
50
Costume National
58
Ward Luu Residence
107
TreePeople Center for Community Forestry
115
The Accelerated School of South Los Angeles TAS
121
Altamira Ranch
125
Desert House
137
Marmol Radziner Prefab
144
Vienna Way Residence
162
Current Projects
169

TBWAChiatDay San Francisco Offices
63
Chan
71
Hilltop Studio
77
Glencoe Residence
89
Marmol Radziner Furniture
97
Project Credits
172
Photography Credits
173
Staff
174
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About the author (2008)

Marmol Radziner + Associates is a California-based architecture firm established in 1989 by architects Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner. It is the recipient of numerous local, regional, and national awards including the AIA National Honor Award.

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