What is most striking about this contemporary family home is the kitchen design. It focuses all the attention on the need for natural light and aired spaces. Imagined by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, the home sheltering this inspiring kitchen is known as the Holleb Residence. Located in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica in California, the 4,000 square foot home was cleverly imagined as having a sculptural staircase dividing the floors and plenty of details to surprise someone who sees it for the first time.

Designed for a family of four, the contemporary family home has a “cut-out” terrace on the second floor that helps divide the spaces into front and back areas. “On the ground floor, the structure’s main entry separates the garage and guest room from the kitchen, dining, and living areas, which flow out into the back yard. On the second floor, the terrace and atrium provide privacy between the parents’ suite and their children’s bedroom and play areas, which overlook the play spaces in the rear.”

Architects reveal that this contemporary family home “differs from the firm’s other houses in its inclusion of many smaller spaces and rooms, all intended for specific uses by its inhabitants, but all held together by the circulation system and the centrally-located double-height living room.”

You might remember this family retreat in California shaping a relaxed lifestyle for its blessed inhabitants. Both these residences correspond to their particular owner’s needs. If you had to choose one of these modern homes to live in, which one would it be?