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Nick Roberts : Architecture + Urbanism

Los Angeles Times writer Barbara Thornburg and photographer Ken Hively visit the Buckner-Roberts Malibu Studio:

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"It's a 2 1/2 -mile ride up a sinuous Malibu canyon to the 700-square-foot weekend home of architects Cory Buckner and Nick Roberts. There, deer graze on the hillside covered with sumac, scrub and a scattering of oaks; occasionally, a bevy of quail scurries over the dirt yard in front of their dining room window. Come night, coyotes make their plaintiff cries under a sky filled with more stars than you can count.

But it's the spectacular view from the couple's aerie -- nestled into the rugged hillside descending into a blur of blue Pacific waters -- that makes you catch your breath. That, and Mother Nature's daily shows of psychedelic, acid-orange sunsets. The retreat is a paradise, really, they say -- except for one frightening factor: the ever-present danger of fire.

"It's always a possibility," Roberts says. "It's more about when the next one will come rather than if."

He and his wife should know. In 1993 the Green Meadow brush fire, which began in Thousand Oaks and burned 44,000 acres, rushed up the north canyon hillside and consumed their 4,000-square-foot home here."

The full article is available at the LA Times Collections


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