Client: 721 Hampden
Project Size: 2,200 SF
Budget: $400,000

721 Hampden is a 2,200-SF mid-century modern home located in Pacific Palisades, California. Berliner Architects designed an addition to the original 700 square foot structure with the primary goal of preserving the 1940’s character while simultaneously modernizing the house, utilizing sustainable materials and systems throughout.

The house was thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of the small lot, maximizing the sweeping views and allowing for an abundance of natural sunlight to light the rooms. The outdoor design integrates a modern landscape design to frame the house, adding color and a softness to the mid-century structure.

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Client: Palisades Hillside Houses
Project Size: 2 - 2,500 SF Homes
Budget: $1,200,000 each

Locatedon one of the few remaining undeveloped pieces of land near the Pacific Palisades Village these two houses are designed to fit the steep hillside and existing landscape in an environmentally sensitive way. Using the Mid Century Modern architectural vocabulary and post and beam construction the two 2500 SF three story houses cascade down the hillside with multiple levels and balconies that preserve the existing trees and optimize views.  The expansive public rooms at the top entry level flow down open stairs to the more private bedrooms that are surrounded by trees with access to gardens that step down the hillside. 


Client: Kay San Remo
Project Size: 7,500 + 3,500 SF
Budget: $3,500,000

The site’s spectacular ocean view drove the design of this new Shingle-style house.  Taking advantage of the view, a wide porch spans the ground floor of the house.  In an effort to connect the indoor and outdoor living spaces, all main public rooms open onto the porch.  The property includes a new guest house accessible from a separate street, a new pool and terrace facing the view, as well as a batting cage buried into the hillside.


Client: Bristol House
Project Size: 12,000 SF
Budget: $2,000,000

Berliner designed the Bristol House in a Mission-style vernacular, creating a plan that integrates indoor and outdoor living.  The house is organized on three floors with carefully defined public and private spaces, all centered around a circular outdoor courtyard onto which all public rooms open.  The living room, kitchen/great room and courtyard share a two-sided fireplace.  A key focus of the design was the use of materials, building systems and mechanical systems that minimize the amount of environmental pollutants in the interior.  All materials were chosen based on their low use of toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and other VOCs.


Property: Sloane Residence
Project Size: 3,500 SF
Budget: $700,000

This project was a renovation of this 1927 California Spanish style private residence.  The existing 3,500-SF home was remodeled and an 800-SF second story was added to provide two new bedrooms and two additional bathrooms.  The emphasis of the architectural design was on enhancing the original character of the house, keeping it more in line with the aesthetics of the neighborhood.