Mariposa House

Mariposa House

Malibu, California


Nestled in a lush canyon at the base of the rugged Santa Monica mountains, the Mid-Century Modern Mariposa House and its adjacent guest house underwent a dramatic, yet thoughtful, renovation. Stripped down to its bare elements, B+L’s design brings back much of the home’s original mid-50’s spirit, while updating nearly every system and surface to the highest contemporary standards. This includes an earthquake resistant structural retrofit and energy efficient mechanical systems. Expansive glass walls look out onto the site’s carefully landscaped gardens and unobstructed views of the mountains beyond, while plantings and natural topography provide absolute privacy from surrounding properties. Clean lines and a carefully considered material palette provide calming interior spaces for living and entertaining. Each of the five bedrooms include their own adjoining patio, and natural light fills every room of the house. Terrazzo flooring, douglas fir beams and tongue and groove ceilings flows out onto the terrace. This effortless transition between interior and exterior is a hallmark of the southern California Modernist movement, and the Mariposa House is an exemplar of the type.

Project Type



5,600 square feet


Craig R. Williams Construction


Pamela Burton & Company, Landscape Architect
Parker Resnick, Structural

California Energy Designs, MEP
Peak Survey, Civil/Survey


2021 Residential Design Architecture Award – Citation


Allen, Cindy, Georgina McWhirter, Jen Renzi, Peter Webster, Annie Block, and Nicholas Tamarin, eds. Interior Design: Best in Design (Boca Raton: Sandow, 2021).
“This Super-Private Modernist Malibu Home Is All About the Great Outdoors.” Architectural Digest, March 2021.
“A Low-Slung, Glass-Walled Home Is Tucked Into Malibu’s Verdant Landscape.” Dwell, March 2021.
Stone, Beams and Wood: Mariposa House by Brininstool & Lynch + Pamela Burton & Company in Malibu.
Glocal Design Magazine, April 2021.