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Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Los Angeles was introduced to Ricardo Legorreta in 1993, with his controversial redesign of Pershing Square (which is now in the throes of another makeover). Another product of the Mexican modernist's crisp, colorful aesthetic is now for sale in the flats of Beverly Hills, where one of his last residential commissions just listed for the first time ever, for $15,950,000.
The 10,000-square-foot home was finished in September of 2012, nine months after Legorretta's death. The Westside Estate Agency listing sets a nice scene: "entering the massive front door, you find a three-story immense entry with an indoor fountain at the bottom and a skylight that opens at the top." The four-car garage opens onto the bottom level of the space, which has a small fountain.
The splashes of color and voluminous interior spaces Legorretta picked up from Luis Barragán are visible throughout, including a purple in the office (sick built-ins alert) reminiscent of the Pershing Square bell tower. Large panes of glass separate the living room room from the fireplace-equipped outdoor lounge, where exposed beams extended outdoors form a slatted canopy.
The three-story home also has a theater, a master suite with its own patio, a well-equipped kitchen (steam oven, wood-and-stone pizza oven), and outside, a 66-foot swimming pool.
· Architecture as Art - Ricardo Legoretta in Beverly Hills, CA [WEA Homes]