Wave House is a contemporary weekend beach house retreat that was designed by Mark Dziewulski Architect, situated in beautiful Malibu Beach, California. The form of the 3,200 square foot house takes its inspiration from its context: the beach and waves.
Description from the architects: It is literally cantilevered over the surf, which passes beneath it at high tide. It has an exceptional location as it positioned at the end of a long open stretch of beach and has views on three sides. Being the end house also makes it highly visible to the 50,000 cars that pass each day along the Pacific Coast Highway, a scenic road that hugs the coastline at this point. The main spaces open up towards the surf with a wall of glass and extensive decks, which have fire pits. This indoor/outdoor relationship was very important to the client. The compact plan was carefully designed to provide views form all the main rooms, with large open spaces and maximum flexibility for entertaining. This is foremost a weekend getaway house.
The design evokes memories of yachts, bathing machines and cranes, reflecting its program as a form raised up and hanging over the sea. It appears almost machine-like — as though the floors were lifted and hoisted over the waves. The angled structure for the house is held back from the beach side to allow fully glazed facades overlooking the sea. This diagonal also reinforces the drama of the cantilever and creates a tension in the composition, hovering over the surf. It is an unusual site as it the end house along a row of adjacent homes and therefore has three visible facades. It was very important that the house was visually activated on all sides, while being more private and sheltering on the street side. The curves of the windows mirror the movement of the sea, which they literally reflect.
It was built on the footings of an existing house so we didn’t need to touch beach or disturb the natural environment. It was possible to recycle framing and structure and transform them into something entirely new without having to demolish and rebuild — saving a lot of landfill.
Photos: Courtesy of Mark Dziewulski Architect
Originally built in 1954 on a gently upsloping lot bordered by a creek, its most distinctive site feature is an old wooden bridge over the creek and the rock walls which carve paths through the site.
The client was interested in maintaining the residence’s historic character while updating it for today’s living standards and code requirements. This required adding more natural light with larger windows and skylights as well as adding a partial second story for a master suite.
Maintaining the wood exterior and mullion patterns of the existing windows settles the addition into the landscape as an example of a very light effect to a sensitive site.
Photos: Jeff Zaruba
Mountain Wood Residence is comprised of separate buildings arranged to create a variety of indoor outdoor spaces designed by Walker Warner Architects, located in the small rural town of Woodside, California. The home embodies the San Francisco firm’s belief that architecture should be expressive, timeless, and always united with the natural beauty of the site. The beautiful interiors were designed by interior design firm Shawback Design Associates.
Description from the architects: To create a variety of complementary indoor and outdoor living experiences, the architects arranged three zinc-roofed structures—a main house, an office, and a barn—around a loose central courtyard. The fourth structure—a pool house—comprises a row of three pavilions, constructed of the same understated material palette of wood, stone, glass and steel, as the main buildings.
The rustic stone barn, reminiscent of a beautiful ruin that has long stood on the land, stands at the front of the property, acting as a visual threshold and symbol of the updated rural vernacular.
An open passageway through the barn creates a dramatic frame of the entry facade of the main residence, which is contrastingly contemporary with its exposed steel and large expanses of glass.
At sundown, the house appears like a jewel box in the woods. Having completed other projects in Woodside and similarly picturesque locations, Walker Warner knows properly framing these views is crucial to properly contextualizing the building.
A material palette of stone and western red cedar is contrasted by contemporary elements of exposed steel, and large expanses of glass.
Walker Warner drew from the rustic surroundings and determined appropriate lines and forms for this particular landscape that spoke to their client’s vision, all the while incorporating the highest levels of quality, integrity and craftsmanship.
The result is an artful, tranquil home with a respectful nod to the regional agrarian compounds and iconic forms that came before.
Photos: Matthew Millman
Desert House is a modern prototype prefab home designed by architecture studio Marmol Radziner, located in a beautiful oasis in Desert Hot Springs, California. The two bedroom, two bathroom residence is located on a five-acre site and oriented to best capture views of San Jacinto peak and the surrounding mountains.
From the architect: Doubling the interior space, the home extends towards the landscape with covered outdoor living areas. The home is comprised of 4,500 square feet of sturdy steel modules (2,100 interior square feet and 2,450 covered exterior square feet) rooted onto a concrete pad atop an untamed hill—looms into view like a sleek metal oasis.
Sheltered living spaces blend the indoors with the outdoors, simultaneously extending and connecting the house to the north wing, comprised of a guest house and art studio. The intersecting modules were designed to frame a range of spectacular desert vistas.
After months of arduous design and construction, Marmol and his family are thrilled to escape Los Angeles for their idyllic desert retreat.
Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point. Groupings of succulents accent the home’s entry path and pool area.
Plants found in the surrounding landscape were used to obscure the lines between designed and natural worlds.
The open living and dining plan is flooded with natural light. The wicker PK22 lounge chairs are by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen. The suspension lamp is by DePadova.
There are generously proportioned nine-foot-high ceilings throughout the Desert House. Marmol Radziner designed and built the outdoor table and benches from reclaimed Douglas fir.
The kitchen cabinetry, custom designed by the architects, is smooth brown teak. The faucet is by Hansgrohe, and the dishwasher is by Bosch.
The “L” shaped plan layout defines a protected courtyard that includes a pool and fire pit.
619 Diamond Street is a stunning Victorian transformed by Art of Construction into a wonderful four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home in Noe Valley, San Francisco, California. The main floor has an open floor-plan with a large open eat-in kitchen and family room with a dramatic NanaWall of windows creating a seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining experience.
This beautiful home was spotted listed for sale on Sotheby’s for $4,995,000, from here.
The kitchen and family room are bathed in natural light. The deck off of the kitchen features a custom gas fire pit. Elegant wainscoting compliments the rustic, wide planked, white oak floors. There is a formal dining room and living room with a gas fireplace.
A contemporary steel and wood staircase leads to the bedroom level with a large master bedroom and serene master bath. There is abundant natural light provided by a large skylight. There are two more bedrooms on this level, a full bath and laundry closet. The lowest level has a flexible 4th bedroom and family area that open to a professionally landscaped yard.
There is a wine room, a sauna and interior access to the large two-car garage. This gorgeous home is just a block to the heart of 24th Street and the best of Noe Valley.
Hykes Residence is the remodel of a 1970’s tract house turned modern and transitional beach cottage by Anders Lasater Architects, sited in Dana Point, California. The home was re-imagined for simple family living, brimming with light and happiness, California style. The interior design of this stylish yet minimalistically designed cottage was carried out by Exotica Design Group. Skylights and plenty of windows filter natural light throughout the interiors, while white walls helps to bounce light further into the spaces.
The hardwood floors are custom wide-planked wire-brushed French Oak with a custom silvery stain from Gaetano Wood Floors in Huntington Beach, California. The walls are Benjamin Moore ‘Pashmina’ flat, with ‘Swiss Coffee’ satin enamel at Ceiling, Trim and Cabinetry. The ceiling is 1×6 tongue and groove paneling. The back splash is Waterfall ‘Rain Pattern’ from Walker Zanger.
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The island counter is honed black Zimbabwe granite. The pendant lights are from Arteriors, the Kilo collection by Stone Lighting.
The lighting in the ceiling houses regular 4″ diameter low voltage halogen cans, non sloping.
The fire pit is custom, poured in place colored concrete with cast glass chips burnished into the top. The flooring surface is colored concrete with blue glass pebbles sprinkled over the top and smoothed in. It’s a challenging process, but looks great.
Photos: Jeri Koegel
Mountain lodge eclectic was completed in 2011 by Michael Rex Architects, nestled into the hillside around Mount Tamalpais, in Mill Valley, California. The residence and guest house was designed for a young family, with its strategic location capturing dramatic views of the San Francisco Bay and beyond.
The beautiful rustic interiors showcased throughout this home was carried out by the creative talent of ANAMAR interiors | collection.
The mountain home was designed with great attention to detail and scale, was built for a family that required interior spaces for easy entertainment with much warmth and comfort, rooms designed to convey their personalities, and a home that exudes a feeling of welcome for many years to come.
The window seat is about 78″ wide and about 36″ deep. A window seat provides the perfect spot for escapism and to read a book!
Michael Rex Architects is an architectural firm dedicated to enriching people’s lives through the creation of environments that are functional, beautiful and enduring. The vision holds true regardless of style, scale or budget. With our staff and clients working together, we enthusiastically strive to produce the best work possible.
Photos: Kee Sites
Turner Residence was designed to be beautifully simple and connected to nature by Jensen Architects, nestled hillside in Larkspur, California. The homeowners desired for their new home to be environmentally sensitive, and universally accessible. This dream home would be positioned to enjoy the unique property and views of the bay, be respectful of the neighbors and community, and serve as an example of the best of contemporary design.
A plinth and a pavilion. Nestled into the hillside, the long, solid plinth contains the private rooms of the house. Atop this plinth sits a transparent living and dining pavilion that opens up completely for access to the outdoor decks, pool patio and expansive views to Mount Tamalpais and the bay. An elegant structural solution allows the views to be uninterrupted by perimeter sheer walls. The majority of the site is left undeveloped with its forest of native oaks intact.
When the house is in use, there is almost no house. The goal was to make a building disappear into the landscape. The site itself is stunning: the ridge line of an oak covered hill with views of Mount Tamalpais, the Bay, and beyond. The idea was to make a house that allowed for living on the ridge without diminishing the ridge and its vantage point. The roof springs outward from a solid core with no perimeter shear walls.
Structurally, the house mimics the surrounding oaks with their branches extending horizontally from solid trunks. Under this floating roofline, an array of sliding glass panels can retract completely into the core. What remains is almost nothing: a pool patio with a shade canopy. Mirror panels on the core further veil the building. In the end the house mimics, reflects, and merges with the surrounding oaks.
The function of the home is orchestrated within a series of soft thresholds, blurring the line between inside and outside, between home and setting. With the glass walls pocketed into the core, the interior spaces flow out onto the adjacent terraces, landscapes, and panoramas. The living room sits high above the ground and surrounding oaks, opening to private yet expansive views of Mt. Tam and the green terrain. At the northeast side of the house, the dining room, kitchen, pool, and main terrace are effectively fashioned into a single unified indoor/outdoor living area.
Photos: Courtesy of Jensen Architects
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