WEB : THE GLASS PAVILION
Architect Steve Hermann calls this glass-walled home in Montecito, Calif. his 'opus.' It features five bedrooms, a kitchen with a wine room and an art gallery that displays his vintage car collection.
Known for his modern designs, Los Angeles-based architect Steve Hermann finished his latest project in Montecito.
When he builds in the Hollywood Hills or Beverly Hills, Mr. Hermann says he is usually restricted to a small lot. This lot measures about three-and-a-half acres and gave him the space he needed to create a home featuring walls of glass.
"Here I have complete privacy," Mr. Hermann says. "It allows you to be one with nature inside the house."
The home, known as the Glass Pavilion, measures about 13,875 square feet.It has five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. The kitchen includes a wine room that holds several thousand bottles.
An art gallery with walnut walls, pictured here, currently holds Mr. Hermann's personal collection of vintage cars.
Mr. Hermann, who has a passion for mid-century modern furnishings, also designed some of the home's furniture, including the benches in the hallway shown here.
"This house is my opus," Mr. Hermann says of the home. "It's my greatest achievement of a 20-year career."
Mr. Hermann says he originally planned to keep the house for himself, but his plans changed while the six-year project was underway. Among those changes, he notes, was the birth of his daughter, now 10 months old. Mr. Hermann says he will likely rent another home for awhile before embarking on another project for himself.
The Glass Pavilion is listed for $35 million, and the furnishings are negotiable, Mr. Hermann says. Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.
Fuente : THE WALL STREET JOURNAL