“Behind the Gates” visits with Kurt Krueger in Brentwood Los Angeles to tour his amazing restoration of the 1968 Haralamb Georgescu, Bauhaus style home. Kurt and team worked carefully to restore this modern-style architecture home in the spirit of what the original architect would have done, while at the same re-envisioning this home to capture modern aesthetics and provide modern amenities. “Behind the Gates” takes you behind the scenes of iconic homes across the country.
“There were so many lessons for me as an architect going off a master like Georgescu… seeing how spaces are proportionate and how they feel–the volumes. Scale often gets lost in more recent architecture.” –Kurt Krueger
In the back of the home there were many cantilevered decks that had to be replaced due to rot. Where possible the decks were extended. The centerpiece of the yard-sized deck is a pool. Other features of the outside include spa and covered lounge. At night, from the back deck area the punch of yellow painted on either side of the fireplace has a glow to it due to the skylights abutting the fireplace, which let light from the house out to sparkle on the exterior.
The front-lot guest house is an intimate space where the owners can let their guest have a sense of privacy but feel connected to the main house. A patio and firepit are a cozy gathering space. As you take those few steps back to the main house, you see a sculpture which Kurt and team added to the project which was done by Georgescu’s son. As a child, he remembered being brought to this jobsite when the home was originally under construction.
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