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The Gould residence is a major cosmetic remodel of one side of an existing duplex located on the coast in Malibu. Due to constraints from both the city and the neighboring unit, very little change was made to the building's architecture. Our scope of work gave the building new life and a clean and open feeling through the use of material, color, texture and furniture.

  • Area: Malibu, CA
  • Livable square footage: 2,785 sq. ft
  • Number of bedrooms: 4
  • Construction completed: remodel 2012, original house mid '80s
  • Las Tunas: Bedroom

    Bruce Bolander’s design for the Gould residence includes floor-to-ceiling glass on the ocean side.

  • Las Tunas: Stairs

    Hot rolled steel stair guard and rail, white oak treads and Ann Sacks tile. Photo courtesy of Mike Schwartz.

  • Las Tunas: Kitchen

    Known for his colorful kitchens, Bolander brought to the Gould Residence gray laminated cabinets, a kelly-green powder-coated-aluminum shelf, and Alvar Aalto barstools. Photo courtesy of Mike Schwartz.

  • Las Tunas: Master Bedroom

    The master bedroom of the Gould Residence includes a custom bed by the architect, a white oak wall, and a pole sconce by Orange.

  • Las Tunas: Kids' Bathroom

    Custom laminate vanity w/SS counter, Ann Sacks tile, Roll and Hill pendant light, Profilit glass wall. Photo courtesy of Mike Schwartz.

  • Las Tunas: Front

    Profilit, tile and siding on front facade. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Morgan.


About the Architect

As a child Bruce Bolander was good at drawing and math, skills which elicited the suggestion "You should be an architect" enough times that it stuck. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in architecture for that reason. Bruce graduated cum laude in 1989 after several years of "learning by doing." In Cal Poly's workshop he learned to build elegant, one-of-a-kind furniture with steel and castoffs, and he still loves to build. His love of building and his years of hands-on construction experience allow him to relate and work directly with on-site workers. Now an architect, Bruce designs residential and commercial structures, his commercial niche being creative offices including film production and editing facilities. He has intentionally kept his architectural firm small in order to work closely with clients. Based in Malibu but willing to travel, he has designed buildings in Newport Beach, Mammoth, Chicago, and New York City. Justifications for his designs include simplicity, functionality, aesthetics, maximum use of light, integration of the building with nature, and clients' wishes. Bruce has gone beyond an inclination toward math and drawing to develop a sense of what a structure's full potential might be.


Architecture and Interior Design-Bruce Bolander
Landscape Design-Di Zock
Appliances-Viking and SubZero via Bay Cities
Tile-Heath and Ann Sacks-contact Derek Penfield
Floor-Epoxy Floor
Furniture-Custom pieces-Bolander
Other furniture-Viesso, Orange, YLiving (various pieces)
Rugs-FilzFelt, BluDot
Lighting-YLighting (various)

Bruce Bolander AIA

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