Leo Marmol, FAIA and Ron Radziner, FAIA teamed up to establish Los Angeles-based design/build firm Marmol Radziner in 1989. They quickly garnered a reputation for their innovative design, understanding of construction, and rigorous attention to detail. Taking on the role of the traditional master builder,” their practice has since expanded to include architects, interior and landscape designers, metal fabricators, carpenters, furniture and cabinet-makers, and construction crew, allowing them to holistically conceive and meticulously realize their designs. Their love for the process of building and the essence of materials has led to new forays into prefabricated buildings and jewelry. The firms unique practice and commitment to design excellence was rewarded with the American Institute of Architects California Councils 2004 Firm of the Year Award.
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Desert House: Located in Desert Hot Springs, California, the prototype prefab home is located on a five-acre site and oriented to best capture views of San Jacinto peak and the surrounding mountains. Doubling the 2000 square foot interior space, the home extends towards the landscape with covered outdoor living areas. Photo: Joe Fletcher and Marmol Radziner Experimental Ranch: Designed by architect Cliff May as his personal residence, the Experimental Ranch House is located in the Sullivan Canyon area of Los Angeles. Completed in 1952, the house is a unique example of the evolution of Ranch House design. The goal of the residential was to reinstate the original open plan layout while preserving the integrity of May’s exposed wood beam and rafter structure. The great room acts as the focal point of the house, containing the main living space and kitchen. Photo: Joe Fletcher and Marmol Radziner Altamira Residence: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the home occupies a 20-acre site along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The project is a 15,500 square foot complex with a main residence, study, guesthouse, and garage. The design was inspired by the natural topography of the site and the client’s interest in geology. Photo: Steve Gunther and Marmol Radziner Kaufmann Residence: Located in Palm Springs, California, the Kaufmann House was originally designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1946. The restoration returned the residence to its initial form, size, and aesthetic integrity. An important challenge of the restoration was to re-create the dialogue between nature and sculpture, a difficult undertaking in an area that has grown from a rugged desert into a suburban residential neighborhood. Photo: David Glomb and Marmol Radziner S and S Residence: The S & S Residence was designed for a young family in Venice, CA. To take advantage of the narrow lot, the design uses a series of screens and walls that ensure privacy from the street but allow openness within the site. A gray plaster façade catches shadows from the trees and contrasts with the multicolored, reclaimed wood siding of the southwest wall. Photo: Barry Schwartz and Marmol Radziner Hidden Valley: Designed for an active couple as a vacation home, Hidden Valley sits on an open, hundred-acre site punctuated by red rock formations and cliffs in the arid desert of Moab, The design of the home blends indoor and outdoor living spaces, with expansive decks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open plan. Photo: Joe Fletcher and Marmol Radziner Vienna Way Residence: Designed for a family, the Vienna Way Residence is located in Venice, California. Floor to ceiling glazing and connected outdoor living spaces seamlessly integrate the home with the California native landscape. Photo: Joe Fletcher and Marmol Radziner Long Valley Ranch: This vacation home is set on the crest of a grassy knoll in Mendocino County. The goal was to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the 160-acre property by siting the retreat in a careful and unobtrusive manner. The 10-module home forms an L-shaped plan, framing views of a canopy of mature oak trees to the south and east. Photo: JoeFletcher James Perse Malibu: Originally the timber storage warehouse on the site, the James Perse Malibu store features exterior black stained siding, contrasted with the warmly illuminated white interior. Tall painted oak cabinetry, reclaimed teak flooring and exposed wood ceiling add to the beach house atmosphere of the space. Photo: Joe Fletcher and Marmol Radziner Glendale Childcare Center: Located in Glendale, California, the 23,000 square-foot childcare facility is designed to accommodate 236 children between infant and Pre-K ages. The sustainable strategies incorporated into the building are key visual and tactile elements in the design, emphasizing the facility as both a learning environment and an educational tool. Photo: Joe Fletcher and Marmol Radziner The Accelerated School: Located in South Los Angeles, the Accelerated School is a 131,000 square foot, Pre-K through 12 educational campus accommodating nearly 1,100 students. The project encompassed three new three-story and four-story buildings, a permanent two-story modular building, and a cafeteria and daycare center. Teachers have the freedom to open the interior classroom spaces to the outdoors via large sectional doors, enabling class sessions to be held outside on terraces or in shaded courtyard areas. Photo: Benny Chan and Marmol Radziner Marmol Radziner Furniture: Marmol Radziner Furniture is a natural extension of Marmol Radziner, a unique design/build firm known for attentiveness to detail and finish. Marmol Radziner Furniture offers a collection designed, built, and sold by architects. Our Cabinet shop and metal shop are run by architects concerned with the smallest details and the broad view, allowing for a line of furniture with clarity of design and integrity of construction. Photo: Benny Chan and Marmol Radziner Marmol Radziner Jewelry: Wearable architecture—a handcrafted line of jewelry born of buildings. A natural extension of the design/build architecture firm Marmol Radziner, Marmol Radziner jewelry transforms industrial remnants into personal, portable, architectural fragments. Each solid bronze piece is handmade by master craftsmen in our workshop and designed to be as individual as the person who wears it. The patina of every piece will evolve over time in response to the wearer and no finishes will ever stay the same. Photo: Marmol Radziner