Point Dume Residence rests atop one of the highest points in Point Dume, Malibu, California, offering stunning panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. Design by Griffin Enright Architects the home explores the nature of fluidity and sequence in the context of space, circulation, and landscape. The 6,598 square foot (613 square meters) home both captures and is captivated by these views, creating spaces that flow in to one another and in to the landscape.
The occupant then becomes immersed in a continuous volume of spectacular views that focus attention both internally towards the architecture itself and externally towards the ocean in the distance. The smooth, sinuous surfaces that organize the spaces are then punctured and intersected in such a way as to break down the barriers that visually and psychologically separate the inside from the outdoors.
Entry occurs through a gap between the volumes of the garage and the guest bedroom of the house. One descends into a narrow curving vertical hall below two clerestory windows that twists towards the open horizontal living space arriving at a framed panoramic view of the ocean.
The open living area has eleven-foot ceilings where kitchen, dining and living areas have a loft like feel. The living area literally extends to the exterior with two large sliding doors that create an opening to the outside that is eleven foot by twenty-two foot.
The path of the house extends through the living area under an eco-resin, custom fabricated, light box and extends to an outdoor terrace that curves around to the lap pool and a new view towards the Santa Monica coastline beyond.
This fluid hallway becomes the nexus of the residence, where movement between the public and private areas of the home is aggregated and intertwined in the curved hallway space.
An over-scaled system of horizontal louvers extends along this edge of the residence to control light, incorporate library shelving and become the railing system for the master bedroom terrace.
The master bedroom is shifted back both to create a terrace and to re-orient views of the coastline towards the city lights.
Photos: Benny Chan