Xanabu is an eclectic landscape hidden amidst the Santa Monica mountains. The name is an amalgam of Malibu and Xanadu, Kublai Khan’s edenic palace described by Marco Polo. Tony Duquette, a set designer of the Hollywood Golden Age, designed and built the diverse structures and follies found around the property. Using recycled props and materials, most discarded from the movie and aerospace industries, Duquette realized a unique oasis of architectural treasures. The grounds also include an Adirondack style hunting lodge from the 1930s.
David Hertz and SEA actively work to restore and preserve this cultural patrimony, as well as continue the experimental legacy of Duquette in the 21st C. The grounds are home to Skysource Ranch, where research and development on WEDEW is underway to provide the Deer Creek community with micro-grid resilience. Among the many site improvements currently under the works, a regenerative coffee plantation is being cultivated.
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