Step Inside The Contemporary Beverly Hills Home Of A Sports Power Broker, confidently mixing clean lines and natural surfaces, architect Marc Whipple devises a handsome Beverly Hills sanctuary for a sports power broker and his family.
High up in the winding streets of Beverly Hills privacy is as valuable as a view of the Pacific Ocean. The 10,000-square-foot dwelling—with its bold assemblage of glass, slate, stucco, and metal planes—was the couple’s antidote to the vaguely Mediterranean hodgepodge of a house that had occupied the property since the early 20th century. The L-shaped residence Whipple designed features numerous glass walls that can be opened up to make the interior spaces feel en plein air. Because the owners are avid art collectors and sports watchers, Whipple made sure that, even with all the glass, there was enough wall space for over-scale paintings and for televisions—19 of them, in fact. The 103-inch colossus in the family room can subdivide into nine smaller screens whenever Dubin wants to watch multiple clients at once. In addition to being gleefully high-tech, with speakers hidden in the walls, the house is at the vanguard of sustainable design, having been the first property constructed under Beverly Hills’ new green building ordinance. Energy is primarily supplied by solar panels, and the lawns are irrigated via a gray-water system, which collects, filters, and then recycles water used in the home.
Ellerin and Dubin with their sons, Matthew (left) and Justin, at the home’s entrance, which features a custom-made pivoting door clad in walnut veneer.
Sports agent Stephen Dubin and his wife, Brenda Ellerin, an investment manager, commissioned Whipple Russell Architects to create a modernist home for their family on a sloping site in Beverly Hills; the interiors were decorated by Tocha Project, and the landscape design was overseen by Paul Robbins of British Garden Co.
An Artemide pendant light hangs near the family room’s Roche Bobois sofas; the television—one of 19 in the house—is by Panasonic.
Varenna by Poliform lacquer and oak cabinetry enlivens the kitchen, which is appointed with Miele the sink fittings are by dornbracht , and similar with the island counter-top is Quarella
A reflecting pool borders the glass-enclosed dining room, whose table and chairs are by B&B Italia
The lower-level rec room is equipped with a bowling alley, Samsung televisions, and a Ping-Pong table.
Wenge-wood panels by Original Parquet enrich the master suite, which is furnished with a chair by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, a custom-made bed and sofa upholstered in a Elítis fabric, and a headboard in a Designers Guild alpaca; the bedding is by Deborah Sharpe Linens, the painting is by Charles Arnoldi, and the television is by Samsung.