157 Hart Ave. Santa Monica, California, USA | McClellan, Badiyi & Associates Architects | World Design Awards 2022

McClellan, Badiyi & Associates Architects: Winner of World Design Awards 2022. This single-family residence/main building was built between the years of 1907-1911. The back house/unit was built earlier around 1905-1907. The building is the only surviving structure of its kind in the neighborhood that has remained virtually intact. Most other buildings in the area were demolished years ago before the City of Santa Monica establishes new guidelines for the preservation of buildings. A City Historic Registry that is now successfully preserving many of its early buildings.

The building structure had deteriorated throughout the years due to settlement caused by minimal concrete foundations as well as massive termite damage. The attic space was utilized during the years as an apartment which did not have proper amenities thus taxing the building further into deterioration. Building style can be considered a hybrid of Victorian, Georgian and Orientalist movement of the 19th century. These details were carefully studied to inspire the details developed for the addition and the repairs as shown on sheets 1 through 6.

Since no drawings of the project existed in the archive, the project was field measured extensively so the floor plans and elevations could be reconstructed. During the field measurement and study of the dimensions, both vertical and horizontal, a very sophisticated system of proportions was discovered. Following the existing proportions as well as the original design intent, the building’s architectural components (sheets 1 through 3), the new addition was developed. Project went through several renditions to satisfy the client needs as well as that of the City’s Design Advisory Board. Use of correct proportions as well as architectural vocabulary of the existing building allowed the project to come close to what the original architect would have done to add a second floor.

The project will restore the windows and siding to its original design. The project now offers a second floor with two bedrooms and amenities. Project also now offers a new roof/deck that allows for an ocean view. In addition the relationship between the front and back units has been resolved with proper corridors and circulation making the project respectful of its original design.

Project Details
McClellan, Badiyi & Associates Architects

Bahram Badiyi

Project Name
157 Hart Ave. Santa Monica, California, USA

World Design Awards Category
Residential Under Construction

Project Location
Santa Monica, California, USA

Bahram Badiyi-Principal in charge of design, Robert McClellan, Frank Martinez

United States

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McClellan, Badiyi and Associates Architects was formed in 2008-2009 by Bahram Badiyi and Robert McClellan. The two principals established their headquarters in Pasadena, California. The experiences of the principals reflect an extensive history of design and construction in United States and abroad. McClellan, Badiyi’s maturity of experience and wealth of design and construction knowledge is the solid foundation for providing superior design and planning solutions that are iconic, sustainable, efficient, functional and comply with the client’s program and budget constraints. The firm’s experience extends over, commercial, institutional and residential projects for both private and public clients.