Maltzan has had an illustrious career, winning some of the highest accolades available to his profession: five Progressive Architecture awards; 42 citations from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the 2016 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal; and the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence. In 2015, Time Magazine included Matzan’s work on L.A.’s Star Apartments as one of its 25 best inventions of the year.
Before forming his own firm, Maltzan worked with Frank Gehry. Michael Matzan has designed buildings both internationally (such as Qaumajuq, the Inuit Art Centre in Canada and BookBar in the Jinhua Architecture Park in China), nationally (such as MoMa Queens, New York and the New Vassar Residence Hall at MIT in Massachusetts) and locally (the Disney Concert Hall and the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles).
As his firm is located in Los Angeles, the majority of his work in the state is also in Southern California. This home at 1241 Main Street is the only Bay Area private residence Matzan built.
Matzan built the 2,470 square-foot home for his sister and her husband, designer Thomas Meyerhoffer.
Meyerhoffer is also a star in his profession, the first designer hired by Apple’s Chief Design Officer. He has since formed his own company, Latch, and has designed for both startups and global brands.
From this seaside home, Meyerhoffer has also designed his alternative-shaped surfboards, “which he tested at the many world-class surf breaks from Santa Cruz to San Francisco,” Compass listing agent Stephanie Sills told SFGATE.
This modern, three-bedroom, two-bathroom ocean view abode has been in the same family since Matzan built it.
Montara locals have probably walked right past the home, while architecture fans the world over may recognize the home from its feature in Dwell Magazine, California Style, Surfer’s Journal, ID Magazine, Outside Magazine and other publications.
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