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Understanding the Modern Architecture of Cliff May with Barry Berkus {Video}

May 14th, 2014 | by The Update

Video + Photos / Russ Spencer

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Hear renowned modern architect Barry Berkus discuss the inspiration, style, and architecture of Cliff May–“The Father of the California Ranch Home.” Blending ranch and hacienda, the 1968 Cliff May Ranch House in the Santa Ynez Valley offers a prime location for this interview, since it was recently renovated by Berkus.

“Architects think of modernism as Corbusier’s machine. And what we’re talking about today is something that has a heart and soul.” – Barry Berkus 

 

Berkus and his firm opened up the structure, paying homage to May’s original vision for the residence.

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Cliff May’s Style

“First and foremost, Cliff May homes are unique in their relationship to the outdoors. They are Californian, built for individuals who want to erase the lines between indoors and outdoors and embrace the spectacular Southern California climate. And in an environment where the sun shines 300 plus days a year and the average high temperature is 75 degrees, why would anyone want to live differently?

It is not uncommon in Cliff May homes to find that every room in the house has a connection to the outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling glass takes the place of walls to bring light and nature in, creating a relationship to the outdoors that is as much a part of the home as the decor. Perhaps the San Diego Union put it best when it featured an original Cliff May design under the heading: “Home with a Garden in Every Room.”” (from Ranchostyle.com)

Homes in Dallas by Cliff May

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