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305 Reflecting the spirit of California modernism, Marmol Radziner adopts a 360-degree approach to each project, truly designing from the big, overarching idea down to the very smallest detail—always with an eye towards strengthening the connection to nature in every design choice. Founded in 1989 by Leo Marmol, FAIA, and Ron Radziner, FAIA, the full- service architectural firm realizes their vision both coherently and elegantly through a collaborative process that integrates all elements of design. While the team at Marmol Radziner are architects first, they also are skilled in interior, landscape, and furniture design; plus, they operate their own custom cabinet and metal shop and provide construction services in a design-build capacity. In fact, one of the most compelling aspects of the firm is that they act as both architect and contractor, providing a single source of responsibility—and a strict level of excellence— from project conception to completion. For them, it's quite simple: Good design improves people's lives—and they want to be there every step of the way. a r c h i t e c t u r e MARMOL RADZINER LOS ANGELES, CA LEFT: Located on a lush lot in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains in Montecito, California, the Lilac Drive residence is nestled into a grove of existing coast live oaks, the preservation of which informed the modern, organic shape of the house. It seems as if the 3,600-square- foot contemporary residence has always existed within the established landscape, creating something of a striking visual paradox. Expansive picture windows act as frames to the surrounding views, reflecting a celebration of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Intersecting roof planes and deep overhangs likewise emphasize a natural sensibility with green, meadow grass roofs accentuating the second story. Photograph by Joe Fletcher

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