The project features a
main house, an art studio and guest apartment, and a detached office “tower.”
The clients expressed interest in a year-round house: a design that would take
in the expansive water views and natural light but would also provide shelter
and comfort in the cold winter months. The house footprint, which traces a
naturally occurring bowl in the landscape, is perched on a high point in order to command water views.
The relatively thin plan employs large amounts of glass seaside to open the
house to light and water, while on the landside, a low copper roof provides
ample protection for the house’s private spaces.
The western side of the main house is a spacious
volume: the spaces of the foyer, gallery, living room, dining room, and kitchen
are open to each other but remain distinct with stepped floor levels and
carefully positioned walls for art. The south edge of the main house spills out
onto a series of stepped exterior terraces. Roof overhangs and sunscreen
trellises shade and shelter the exterior and interior spaces. The eastern side
of the main house is spatially more discreet with the library/media room and
the master suite facing south. At the “knuckle” of the L-shaped plan, adjacent
to the entry, is the vertical spine of the house. An acid washed, stainless
steel, wood and glass stair provide access to the wine cellar, the guest
bedroom levels and an upper sitting room nested beneath a roof window.
To the west of the main
house is a tower structure with a private, second floor office. A small space
with built-in desk and shelves, this room captures sweeping views back from the
entry side of the site, over the entry garden landscape, and to the bay and
seashore beyond. This tower defines the western edge of the exterior space,
which is comprised of a screened porch with terrace, a heated spa and a cabana
with an exterior shower and toilet.
The family room is set
apart from the main house to the north, linked by an exterior covered walk. The
separation of the family room shields the parking court and opens up the view
to a landscape space of existing large trees, wild flowers and grasses. It is
an informal area for movies and “sleepovers.”
A guesthouse is sited
as a distinct structure at the northern edge of the site on a knoll. This
vantage point provides distant views to the sea. The first level is a painting
studio; the upper level is a bedroom suite with a south terrace, a breakfast
area and bath.
A conventional wood framed structure utilizing
engineered lumber and standard wall framing is supplemented with steel columns
and beams at large spans and overhangs. The exterior palette consists of
exposed board-formed concrete foundation walls,
lead-coated copper walls and roofs, cedar siding, mahogany framed windows, and
exposed stainless steel acid-finished to a textured brownish patina. The
interior finishes include plaster walls and ceilings, jatoba wood floors,
golden juperana granite floors and anagre doors.