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International Design Group BUILDER OF MODERN AMERICAN CASTLES This Pacific Grove-based company is one of the nation's leaders in custom home design of the most grand proportions.



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by Jane Caffrey

Legacy homes are created by International Design Group, where exemplary design defines success in the architectural field.


Jun A. Sillano, A.I.A., President of International Design Group, holds projects completed by the company to the highest standards in modern architecture and design. “I call them modern American castles,” he said. “In America, there are no castles. But I call them legacy homes; testaments to American individual success.” While specializing in high-end, luxury homes IDG has also been a pioneer in the commercial, hospitality, and sports fitness industries, designing structures across the nation and the globe. With each project, sound architecture meets detailed interior design, resulting in buildings that live up to royal standards. International Design Group became a recognized name on the West Coast in the mid 1980s, when founder John E. Matthams started to remodel Victorian homes in Pacific Grove, Calif. Matthams has been working in the fields of architecture and design for more than 45 years, including the 25 years that he has served the Pacific Grove area. Sillano joined forces with Matthams soon after the company’s foundation, bringing diversified expertise in Urban Planning, Resort Design, and Sustainable Design. As the company grew under the two business partners, IDG began to design homes in Pebble Beach, Carmel, and the Monterey Peninsula areas, and was renowned for its work in the high-end home market. The firm also entered the commercial and hospitality industries, particularly with a number of luxuriant restaurants and sports facilities and fitness centers. Expansion was not limited to scope of projects or to geographic reach. International Design Group has completed projects across the continental United States and in diverse locations around the globe, including Hawaii, Europe, the Bahamas, Russia, Thailand, and the South Pacific Islands. In fact, the company’s resume boasts the completion 1. John E. Matthams, left, and Jun A. Sillano, A.I.A., right (inside front cover). 2. Old World “Heaven Sent” estate, Pebble Beach, Calif. 3. Old World Wine Cellar, Pebble Beach, Calif. 4. Mediterranean inspired contemporary coastal home, Calif.

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5. Italian villa “Seadrift” 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Calif. (also front cover).

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We’re good listeners, and we shepherd the project in the direction that the owner wants to take it. Summer 2010 5

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One thing people talk about today is sustainability in architecture. Yet, fifteen years ago when we started our high-end home design we were already conscious of that.


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6 of a true palace -- built for the king of Tonga. Today, the Pacific Grove-based business of 12 professional architects and designers is known for diverse projects and clients across the map. Following a well-proven planning method for architecture, interior design, and construction services, International Design Group is equipped to suit individual client needs and meet the requirements of small-specialized projects, medium projects, and major developments of more than $50 million. Sillano and a project manager coordinate and oversee each job through completion, examining every project for direction, individual requirements, and scope of work. “We go with the purest sense of architecture, and really research the design,” Sillano said. “Yet we’re not a stylistic firm. We consider what is on site and what works with the owners’ vision. We’re good listeners, and we shepherd the project in the direction that

the owner wants to take it.” Smaller projects include Victorian home remodeling in the local area. International Design Group is celebrated for its prestigious, luxury homes that can cost more than $35 million, such as those owned by CEOs of a number of Fortune 500 companies. Expertise extends beyond the architectural shell as well, as the full-service design firm also offers interior design, art selection, media selection, architectural electronics, and networking systems. A sprawling ranch in California, a light and airy contemporary estate in Florida, and a formal English Manor in Pebble Beach all stand as distinguished examples of the firm’s exceptional work. International Design Group also started 6. French-styled chateau estate, Pebble Beach, Calif. Summer 2010 7

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7. Spanish Revival hacienda, Pebble Beach, Calif. 8. “Otter Cove” French Country coastal estate, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Calif. 9. Old World architecture with reclaimed old growth timber and antique limestone floors, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Calif.



We’re not a big firm, but we have big ideas. The interaction is very personal to us, which is why we decided not to be a big firm. 8 Construction Leaders Today

undertaking customized residential projects in Hawaii five years ago, and maintains a strong presence in Maui today. “We’re primarily in the affluent residential areas. We have established ourselves as high-end home architects,” Sillano said. International Design Group also boasts notable commercial projects in the $15 million dollar range, such as several high-end restaurants throughout California. The company has developed for Motorola, Inc. electronic companies in Chicago, Il. and Florida. International Design Group has additionally kept abreast the wave of expansion in the health club and sports facility industries as well, with several major development projects that include the Croixland Racing Facility in Wisconsin and the Corpus Christi Race Track in Texas. In the 21st century, an era when environmental consciousness

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A lot of people are very traditional, and it is important that we try to educate people and help them understand that sustainability is good for everyone.

is particularly crucial, International Design Group practices sustainability in each of its diverse projects, an old habit for the firm. “One thing people talk about today is sustainability in architecture,” Sillano said. “Yet fifteen years ago when we started our high-end home design, we were already conscious of that. We use recycled timber, radiant heating systems, and fiber optics. We were already making intelligent homes, and I believe we were pioneers in that.” With a research intensive and design-oriented approach, IDG places great value on engineering and incorporates the top technology to ensure that high-tech homes function smoothly and preserve the environment. “We are very open minded in that sense, and we try to be ahead of the technology,” Sillano said. For IDG, green architecture will continue to be a central characteristic and the company strives to ensure that their buildings serve the clients, the community, and the environment. “A lot of people are very traditional, and it is important that we try to educate people and help them understand that sustainability is good for everyone,” Sillano said. With the globalization of architecture, IDG also anticipates penetrating additional markets in upcoming years, particularly China. The firm will furthermore maintain its focus on projects in the upper-echelon residential market, striving to provide clients with the personal service required to turn their visions into reality. 10. Jack’s Peak Contemporary, Carmel, Calif. 11. 1920’s Spanish Revival estate, Pebble Beach, Calif.


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“We’re not a big firm, but we have big ideas,” Sillano said. “The interaction is very personal to us, which is why we decided not to be a big firm.” With a highly qualified staff, many of which have been with the company for a decade or more or come from prestigious California universities, IDG ensures that each project is an achievement. For Sillano, the firm’s most recent project is always the greatest success. “In practice, my last project is my best 12 Construction Leaders Today

project,” he said. “The reason I say that is that you always put in your best effort and treat your clients equally. Each project is successful, depending on how it is perceived by the owner and the amount of energy we put in. It’s the fruition of their dreams, and I want to be a part of that.” Thus, from small renovations to stunning modern castles, International Design Group structures all stand as a testament to the new legacy of contemporary architecture. CLT

12. Quintessential country estate, Pebble Beach, Calif. 13. Craftsman Cottage, Carmel-bythe-Sea, Calif. 14. English Manor, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Calif.

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I call them modern American legacy castles. Testaments to American individual success.

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We’re not a big firm, but we have big ideas. 15-17. “Hawks Nest” contemporary coastal retreat, Big Sur, Calif.


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18. Mediterranean estate, golf links 10th fairway, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Calif.

19. Carmel Highlands “Tuscan” estate, Calif.

20. “Mediterranean Riviera” Pebble Beach coastal estate (back cover).


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