The birth of Thunderbird Heights as a getaway for celebrities and elite began in the 1950’s. Each house is custom-built to the specifications of some of the most renowned architects of the time – Howard Lapham, E. Stewart Williams, and William Pereira. The Swan House located on Pecos Road, exemplifies the grand optimism of the period. The walls of glass, cantilevered overhangs and high ceilings are all a testament to the burgeoning mid-century architecture that was exploding across the Valley at the time. The house has been expertly re-envisioned by Howard Hawkes and Kevin Kemper as a statement for the 21st Century while paying homage to its mid-century roots. The house has been reimagined for today’s living--a great room with open kitchen, a media room, a formal dining room, en suite bathrooms with high end hansgrohe fixtures--while still harking the vibe of the original 1960 layout. Hansgrohe was integral in that transformation. The AXOR products were put into every bathroom in the house to guarantee an enduring level of quality that would not be found from a different brand.
According to Howard Hawkes, Principal Designer of H3K Design, “We are longtime fans of Hansgrohe and have always appreciated the high quality and German engineering. The workmanship and reputation of hansgrohe products are in harmony with our design and function standards, but most of all, we love the styling of the products. We are at ease knowing that Hansgrohe is environmentally sensitive and offers the latest in water saving technology, which, here in California, is of utmost importance.”
Firm: H3K Design
Project: Swan House
Location: Thunderbird Heights, CA
Collections: AXOR Urquiola