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A Malibu retreat that is modern, fresh and fire resistant
Although their main residence is a restored A. Quincy Jones house in the Crestwood Hills area of Los Angeles, in 1995 the couple rebuilt their Malibu hills house, which they rent out. Three years later they purchased the 1.5-acre lot directly below the Malibu house and constructed this intimate weekend retreat. They were determined that the home would be as fire resistant as possible, and that the dwelling would sit lightly on the land.
The structure is clad in interlocking corrugated Rheinzink panels, which are made of a noncombustible zinc alloy in the same deep sage color as the hills, so from a distance the home practically disappears into the rugged hillside. Underneath the metal finish lies a fire-resistant gypsum board, as well as eco-friendly cellulose insulation that's made from recycled newsprint yet nonflammable. A fire-rated composition roof tops the house.