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World-renowned corporate architect’s private retreat

What happens when an internationally famed workplace designer sets out to create his first personal residence ever: his own? For Clive Wilkinson, the visionary behind groundbreaking corporate spaces for Google, Nokia and others worldwide, it meant thinking outside the modernist box and distilling his skill and experience down to pure, intuitive passion.

Ingeniously nestled into a trapezoidal lot one block from trendy Melrose Avenue and across the street from the Pacific Design Center, Wilkinson’s 3,300 square foot home 551 Norwich Drive embodies everything the famed architect has learned about merging structure and nature in a harmonious whole. It’s just been listed at $4,500,000 by Wendy Gladson of our Brentwood office.

Screened from the street by a dense olive grove, the hushed, light-dappled environment feels completely removed from the neighborhood around it. The entry reveals a dramatic long view through a glass-screened living room all the way to the rear courtyard with its 48-foot swimming pool. This room opens to a double-height dining area and kitchen set on tiered platforms and also oriented toward the pool. A third space in the beyond is reserved for an ultra-secluded master suite with its own private courtyard. A steel cable railing staircase rises to a flexible bedroom/office/studio space that overlooks the pool and courtyard.

The result is understated glamour against a backdrop of straightforward natural materials: wide-plank sawn oak and smooth concrete floors, clean white walls and exposed beam ceilings. It’s a statement of creativity and serenity, shaped by a modern master who chose to think outside the modernist box and be guided by pure, intuitive passion.

“The opportunity to represent Clive Wilkinson’s remarkable personal statement is a unique honor for us,” says John Aaroe, the firm’s Founder and CEO. “The home is a true tour de force, shaped by one of today’s most visionary masters — one Aaroe Architectural is especially proud to showcase.”

To read The New York Times article about Clive Wilkinson and the home that he built, click here.

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