FoxLin Architects is an Architectural Design Firm in San Clements, California founded in the year 2005 by husband and wife, Michael Fox, and Juintow Lin. They met each other while studying at MIT and almost 20 years later came together to start a venture in the field of Sustainable Architecture and Interactive Design. Fox is a master of technology and Lin is unbeatable in sustainable design. They blend their unique areas of expertise and create a perfect synergy that shows in the work they do. They have completed projects of multiple scales and categories and have marked their place as one of the best architecture firms in California. They stick to their core values of turning the client’s vision into reality with a unique and artistic flair. In less than 15 years in the American market, they have often featured in magazines and have backed multiple awards for excellence in sustainable architecture. Their design influences come from London, New York, and have clients not only in California but also in China and Israel.
1. ECO – 29 INTERACTIVE WEDDING HALL
Eco-29 is an adaptable wedding hall and event space. Constructed in 2013 in Hadera, Israel, Eco-29 is the largest kinetic and interactive space of its kind. The architects’ motivation behind the design of Eco-29, was to allow a free-flowing and flexible space for its primary use as a Wedding Venue. The wedding venue was developed in place of an existing warehouse building. The concept was to create a soft design inside the stiff warehouse exteriors. Foxlin’s role was the design and implementation of the interactive interiors of the Wedding Venue, wherein more than 70 computer-controlled motors and a quarter-mile of fabric was used. Eco-29 is thus, the largest fully dynamic event space ever constructed.
2. TRITON RESIDENCE
This 3700 square feet large residential area, sited on a bluff in Carlsbad, California, has an open floor plan with beautiful views of the ocean from all the rooms and common areas. The house is surrounded by lush green elements to protect it from any kind of intrusion from the street or neighbors. The entry garden has a 9-foot tall water feature with a rock garden theme that continues into the foyer with rock-cut steps leading to the living area. The interior design of the common area accentuates the openness of the concept using floor to ceiling long windows and clever use of the color white. The use of open spaces for barbeque areas and expansive decks adjoining the rooms complement the indoor-outdoor California lifestyle.
3. BALBOA DUPLEX
Balboa Duplex is a 3-story duplex housing two dwelling units, consisting of 3400 square feet of living space. It is located on the popular Balboa Boulevard in Newport Beach, California. Unit 1 is a three-story dwelling unit that faces the Balboa boulevard. The entry is sheltered by a green screen along the staircase area. This unit has a lot of open areas including a large master patio, roof deck, and living room balcony. Unit 2, on the other hand, is a 2-story residence with contemporary spatial planning. It includes a double-height kitchen and dining area, a sky bridge leading to the living space, and a roof deck that has a breath-taking view of the Pacific Ocean.
4. FOX POINT RESIDENCE
Fox Point is a renovation project of the family home of Juintow and Michael. It includes a total of 3700 square feet of refurbished area to suit the needs of their expanded family of 5. Sited amidst a beautiful forest area in Wisconsin, this project consisted of the addition of habitable spaces to the existing house and a façade upliftment. They added a master suite, bedroom, playroom, mudroom, living space, and increased the kitchen space. High ceilings and big windows create a soothing link with the open areas of the house and take advantage of the stunning forest view.
5. MORNING LAVENDER RETAIL & TEA HOUSE
Wedding Photographer and fashion blogger, Kim Le Pham recently opened her flagship store in Tustin, California. The interior design of the retail shop is very white and airy to flaunt the identity of the brand, that focuses on wedding products and clothing. The shop also includes an in-house tea shop that serves pastries and sandwiches. Amidst the heart of the old town, there is an open sitting area connected to the tea house which is prepped with furniture for group events and showers with light lunch. During the evenings, this outdoor area often has live acoustic performances complementing the serenity of the location and landscape.
6. TWO LEFT FORKS RESTAURANT
This 5-star restaurant is situated in the city of Irvine, California. The interior design gives off a rustic yet urban feel throughout the restaurant. The designers have done a great job with the clever play of colors and partitions. The focal point is a custom-made sculpture aloft the central booth made with 2000 steel rods that shines contrary to the back background. The break between the indoor and outdoor space is done by 2-meter-high water fountains. There is also a beautiful wall showcasing selected wines, that also acts as a transition space between the restaurant and bar area. Contrasting shades of a dark wood floor and white oak wood furniture create a smooth sense of drama.
7. TRIBECA LOFT RENOVATION
It’s another renovation project of a 1500 square feet loft located in TriBeCa, New York. The major design decision was to make this loft a clean and adaptable space for the Lawin family. Several flexible elements, like hidden storage space in the staircase, were used to maximize the use of the given space. The loft height was very artistically used by creating mezzanine floors to accommodate an office and a guest room. Non- fussy lines and a soft palette gives the house a soothing ambiance. At the center of the house is a double-height open kitchen adjoining the dining and living area that acts as a cherry on the top for an otherwise well-planned house.
8. CAMINO CAPISTRANO
This is an under-construction residential project that started in 2019 in Dana Point, California. It is a 9000 square feet of luxury residence sits on a bluff and has a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from the Dana Point Harbor to the San Clemente Pier. The house is planned around a central courtyard garden which has a beautiful indoor pool and a 20-foot-tall green wall. It also consists of a 4-story garage, a state-of-the-art gym, home theatre, and a custom-designed wine wall. All the other living areas open into a yard overlooking the Ocean. The outdoor dining area and lounge are well equipped for entertaining with a spectacular view and a cliff-top swimming pool and jacuzzi.
9. VISTA RANCH RESIDENCE
A beautiful example of blending the house according to the inhabitant is the Vista Ranch Residence. It is a 2000 square feet house located on a plot that stretches across 3.9 Acres in southern California. Naturally, the breath-taking views and outdoor landscaping play a major role in design development. The entry is gorgeously surrounded by a private enclosed garden and water features which leads to the living space with wide views of the lot. The spatial planning is simple, with common areas on the ground floor and rooms on the first, all connected to cantilever decks that engage the user with every bit of the stunning outdoor.
10. BK CELLARS URBAN WINERY
BK Cellars Urban Winery, stretching across 2400 square feet, needed a complete remake, a task which was trusted upon FoxLin. They designed the whole functional space including a tasting lounge, brand new reception area, bar, and lounge. The design concept of creating an industrial setting with a cosmopolitan flair fits well with the name. While looking at the winery one can see a lot of minute details suiting the essence of the space, such as the use of barrels alongside the tasting lounge, a custom wine wall near the bar, and tables articulated using corks and winery equipment.
11. LEMON HEIGHTS RESIDENCE
In this six-story house in Santa Ana, California, the FoxLin design team undertook the task of remodeling two bathrooms and the addition of a basement and guest suite. This design was rather complicated as they needed to go alongside the wooded nature of the existing interior design. As a result, clean horizontal lines and warm colors were used to make sure that the new area blends well with the others. The use of curved geometries and free-flowing surfaces creatively counter the scale of space and make it look bigger.
12. MARIGOLD RESIDENCE
This residential remodel project, located in Newport Beach, consists of a complete upliftment of the façade and landscaping of a newly defined entry porch. The façade of the house was given a fresh look with the use of teak wood clubbed with dark metal elements that play up against the white floor and copious greenery of the front yard. The entry porch is landscaped with a lot of greenery and a central fire pit, to be used for an outdoor barbeque. An informal dining space near the fire pit makes for a very cozy and pleasant family area.
13. ROMERIA LOFTS
Romeria Lofts is a two-building, 13-unit multi-family project in Carlsbad, California. The whole unit is elevated from its neighborhood surroundings, thus highlighting the building façade. The building mass has angular cuts at equal distances to form punctures that allow natural light and ventilation to reach till the deep ends of the building. The units have huge balconies to take advantage of the spectacular view and the beautiful evening sun. The site is decorated with bright colors and copious greenery to cater to the outdoor California lifestyle.
14. NOTTINGHAM RESIDENCE
This residence is a complete remodel of the existing space to incorporate an open floor plan and give the interiors and exterior a modern spin using a contemporary material palette. The special planning is very open with almost no barriers in the living and dining area. The dining and kitchen are separated with just an open fireplace in between making the space feel very vast and free from obstructions. The house opens into the yard with large floor to ceiling doors which allow the living spaces to be transformable according to the indoor-outdoor California lifestyle. The yard is beautifully landscaped with a spa and a Bali inspired gazebo for gathering and entertaining.
15. FERNHEATH RESIDENCE
This ongoing project in Costa Mesa, California is a 1300 square feet modern coastal cottage with open, bright interiors. The lofted ceiling and open floor plan in the central block make for a spacious liveable space. The central block is connected to 3 newly constructed wings extending out to the yard. One wing houses the private rooms and luxurious walk-in closets. The second wing has a kitchen connected to a rear deck which serves as an outdoor dining area with water features and a fire pit. The third wing is constructed with office spaces and a well-designed entry foyer.