Perched prominently on the Santa Monica Palisades at the edge of the Pacific and with views of the Palos Verdes peninsula to Malibu, the 187,000 square-foot 101 Ocean rental complex was built in the 1950s. In 1991, 101 Ocean was re-styled by Santa Monica-based architects Stanley Felderman and Stephen Giannetti as luxury condominiums with the visual distinction and whimsy for which the designers have become known worldwide.
Re-worked to capture the image and feeling of a grand, all-white ocean liner, the ten-story structure is capped with towering 15-foot lights along the roof line, suggesting a ship’s masts.
One arrives at 101 Ocean by way of a sky pavilion, which Felderman and Giannetti have designed to serve as the rooftop lobby. The custom-designed 20-foot stainless steel tube-like light fixture directs the eye to a floor-to-ceiling view of the ocean and mountains of Malibu. Behind the reception desk, the designers placed a silver-leafed wall with three elongated cutouts. From the roof-top lobby, glass elevators take homeowners and visitors to the private entry vestibules for each of the 59 residences.
For another example of Felderman’s ship-like imagery, see the listing for MTV Networks, Santa Monica.