By Lauren Beale
(MCT)—Well, this is awkward. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, bought a house in Malibu for $14 million, then they turned around and announced their “conscious uncoupling.”
Uncoupling papers will no doubt eventually reveal who gets the John Lautner-designed home, which is set on a secluded acre of land and surrounded by tropical landscaping. The forward-thinking architect designed such structures as the octagonal Chemosphere house in Los Angeles and the poured-concrete Elrod Residence in Palm Springs.
The single-story post-and-beam house the former couple bought was built in 1972 and sits on a street that has seen the likes of Kenny G, Julia Roberts and Charlie Sheen as neighbors.
Architectural details include angled walls and windows, a triangular fireplace that juts into the living room, and a teardrop-shaped granite-topped island in the kitchen.
The 3,650-square-foot house features heated sandstone floors, walls of glass, stainless-steel appliances, a library/study, an office, a gym, a yoga studio, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is an outdoor steam room and shower, a tennis court and a pebble stone swimming pool.
Paltrow, 41, won an Oscar for her leading role in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). Her other film work includes the “Iron Man” movies and “Thanks for Sharing” (2012). She has made several guest appearances on the series “Glee,” for which she won an Emmy, and will be in the upcoming Johnny Depp film “Mortdecai.”
Martin, 37, is the frontman for Coldplay and one of its founders. The band has won Grammys for the albums “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends,” “Clocks” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head.” Coldplay will release its sixth album, “Ghost Stories,” in May. Martin appeared as a guest mentor last week on “The Voice.”
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