DEX Studio Architect Glen Bell’s Innovative Newport Coast Residence
Known throughout the Los Angeles region for his unprecedented approach to residential and commercial architecture, DEX Studio’s Glen Bell celebrates his esteemed Newport Coast residential work for famed restaurateur Javier Vasquez. This dynamic, versatile home enjoyed a recent makeover, elevating the landscape formula and furthering the profound fluidity experienced throughout.
Led by Bell, DEX Studio worked with Vasquez from early inception to establish the most important characteristics of the home – all for the purposes of entertaining groups of people both indoors and outdoors in reflection of his close-knit family of restaurateurs and their lively social traditions. Growing up around commercial kitchens through his family’s restaurant business, Vasquez always understood that kitchens are truly the heart of the business, and translated the same philosophy in his collaboration with Bell.
On the first floor, the kitchen, dining area, media room, game room, and office create a U-shape that opens to the outdoor space. One story up, the master suite, a series of three bedrooms and the roof garden navigate around the courtyard to take advantage of the light and cool breezes. To organize the space and unite interior and exterior spaces, Bell devised a central courtyard that separates public and private zones, filters natural light throughout the interior, and cools the surrounding rooms. The courtyard is ideal for entertaining family and guests, as it features a pool, spa, fire pit, built-in benches, barbeque area, and bar. Following DEX’s aesthetic, Bell added garden spaces outside the sliding doors and on a visible 1st story roof deck, a custom-designed cement-block wall that acts as the backdrop to a series of screening plants, and a sunscreen made of twisted white and chocolate vinyl strap. Both stories feature a large expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that face the courtyard.
This ambitious Newport Coast endeavor, which showcases DEX’s signature handcrafted, modern aesthetic, has certainly set the bar for modern Orange County homes. With signature homes and commercial properties in the works for 2018 and beyond, DEX continues to set the standard for warm, modern spaces that combine thoughtful design with coastal living.