The Malibu Beach and Canyon areas have spectacular views. The home of the week in the L.A. Times Home Section is a Thorton Abell Malibu contemporary. The photo below was taken in 1948 from an Abell case study. Inside, skylights and clerestory windows give house an atrium feel. This home is a Classic of the SoCal Cool Variety. After living here in Southern California, the style has grown on me.
Another couple, both architects, recently built a home in Malibu Canyon that is fireproof. Having lost their previous home to fire,they still love the area where deer graze on the hillside covered with sumac, scrub and a scattering of oaks. At night they hear cries of coyotes under a sky filled with stars. It’s a paradise except for an ever present danger of fire. The exterior of their home is a hard shell of interlocking, flat and corrugated panels. Noncombustible zinc alloy with perforated steel just might become the new So-Cal Cool.