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The Malibu Series: Building the Home of the Future

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When Scott Gillen imagined the homes for his latest project—The Case, a gated enclave of five homes—he says, “I envisioned a community of midcentury modern homes like Palm Springs” in concept, but current for 2020 and timeless, because his houses are his legacy. “I have 16-foot ceilings and 15 feet of glass walls that open to the Pacific Ocean,” he says. Like architectural inspiration Frank Lloyd Wright, Gillen favors big overhangs (“like a low-slung hat like Wright would have done”) and monastic-modern clerestory windows, “like a Neutra House would have had.” And while each of the homes is distinctly different, capacious great rooms are his calling card. “We have rooms that are 100 feet long with 15-foot ceilings. My favorite thing is the amount of glass and the representative volume of the room—and the freedom to live in a place with the proper proportions.” On plots that range from three to six acres, a 10,000-square-foot single-story home can feel proportional—and incredibly private.

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