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
The Bella Vita Villa is a contemporary oceanfront retreat integrating indoor / outdoor living, designed by Prototype Design Lab, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The villa explores lightness, filtering natural breezes, layers of transparency and integrating indoor / outdoor spaces within dynamic patterns of light and shadow, providing a simple frame within which a contemporary sustainable lifestyle can unfold.
Description from the architects: The beachfront facade is almost entirely sliding glass openings to maximize on the view, natural light andfresh breeze of the ocean. The villa is wrapped on the top and bottom by solid concrete bands which extend along the sides of the house to become the solid entrance facade.
The entrance evokes a fortress-like grandeur, into which a masterfully crafted, poured-in place concrete frame successively recedes toward an door of a more intimate human scale. This drama is counterbalanced by the old-world beauty of an original, hand-carved wood door, reclaimed and imported from India. Lighting helps nighttime visitors appreciate the full effect of the majestic doorway, with its receding concrete panels.
The layering continues in the foyer with a custom lace patterned grand staircase cantilevered off of a board-form concrete wall.The connection between the expansive deck, LED-lit negative-edge pool, and living spaces is dynamicand direct.
At the heart of the house, an expansive great room is an entertainer’s dream, featuring 30-foot ceilings, a large chef’s kitchen and a twosided indoor-outdoor fireplace above which sunlight is filtered through the custom laser-cut chimney pattern. The secluded white beach is a focal point with which almost every room in the villa enjoys a connection.
Let there be lightness: sunlight streams through the open beachside facade, filtering through the custom cut-steel fireplace to create patterned shadows within. By night, its illuminated column serves as a beacon when viewed form the beach.
The grand staircase lives up to its name. The drama is created using laser-cut steel panels designed by the architect, fabricated in Toronto, and then shipped to the island along with reclaimed heavy-timber beams for the stairs.
The villa’s bathrooms incorporate floating fixtures of glass and chrome played against black Brazilian slate walls and floors.
Lower-level beachfront bedrooms have the added benefit of direct access to the deck and pool areas.
Photos: Eugen Sakhnenko / A-Frame
This house is configured as two volumes separated by a central circulation core. Taking advantage of the bay and ocean views, the larger of the two volumes houses open living room, dining, and kitchen on the main floor with family bedrooms above. The smaller volume provides space for back of house functions and a family room, with guests above.
Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects specializes in single-family modern beach dwellings and second homes. The architects strive to create a rewarding design and building experience for our clients. Each project is unique and a response to the client’s program, budget, schedule and site. Architecture is a patient search and ours is a collaborative approach to the whole process.
Photos: Matthew Carbone
360 House is a private beachfront retreat designed by Boora Architects, perched above Arcadia Beach at the edge of the tree line on the dramatic Oregon Coast. The design directive was simple: the site is ruled by the sea, the landscape and the climate, and the homeowners wanted to keep it that way. So the designers pared away the external architecture, leaving a thick slab of grassy coast floating above glass walls.
From the architect: The design maintains sightlines from the sheltered forest to the open coastline with a minimal structure of glass and steel. Atop the two-story, transparent box, the copper-clad green roof is an elevated slab of native ferns and grasses.
Only the upper floor is visible from the forested driveway. Accessible via a catwalk and oversized glass pivot door, the upper level contains the main living spaces – living room, kitchen, dining room – and offers views in every direction. Cabinetry is pulled to the center of the space to free the exterior walls from obstruction. A small gap between the basalt flooring and the curtain wall creates an “infinity” effect along the perimeter.
A sheltered deck is punched into the west facade, protected from the wind and connected to the living spaces by wide sliding doors.
From the beach, the full height of the house is exposed, although it’s placement on the bluff and the sloped site to the east adds a sense of intimacy to the lower level. A custom desk cantilevers from the steel columns on the protected eastern side of the downstairs. The family room and two bedrooms open directly to the patio and beach access.
A sophisticated “home brain” allows the owners to remotely control all aspects of the house via their ipad or touchscreens on each floor: lights, shades, thermostats and audio systems. Mechanized curtains can be lowered in individual sections throughout the house as needed to allow for privacy or to control light levels. Hot water, radiant floor heat and air-conditioning is provided from a ground source heat pump.
Finishes and furnishings were chosen for their textural quality and subtlety. Floors and kitchen counters are made from the same dark grey basalt. Walls, ceiling and built-in cabinetry were crafted from white oak with accents of hot-rolled blackened steel.
To maintain flow and consistency, beds, desk and cabinetry were custom made.
On the main level, the kitchen, storage and bathroom are pulled to the core, freeing exterior walls from obstruction. As a result, 360º unimpeded views to the ocean, the beach, the sky and the forest saturate all living spaces. A spacious, sheltered deck is punched in the west elevation; sliding doors open wide to create continuous flow between living and dining areas.
A single piece steel frame supports the floating white oak staircase.
Regardless of the unpredictable Oregon Coast weather, the house is filled with natural light. At night, the light levels are kept low to create a cocoon-like, intimate effect.
Photos: Tim Bies
Amchit Residence is a beach house conceived as a layering of decks by BLANKPAGE Architects, located in the seaside town of Amchit in Lebanon. The design of the home sought to maximize its relationship with the sea through a visual and compositional celebration of horizontality in general and the Mediterranean horizon in particular.
From the architects: The slabs are held by a minimal steel structure made of equally sized square columns on a regular module of 2.55m, as well as a discreet glass enclosure. Given the inclined nature of the site, the house is approached by car on the street level just below the upper deck. At the external landing entrance, the circulation interconnects the three levels of the house. The upper platform contains the master bedroom that opens up on an elongated lap pool and expansive sun deck. The middle platform houses two bedrooms and a family living.
Finally, the lower deck serves as a reception area that extends outdoors towards the sea through an infinity pool as well as a staircase to the shore. In addition to the inner circulation core, a smooth promenade formed by a system of external ramps and staircases connects the platforms, linking the various levels of the rocky landscape that stretches between the street all the way to the sea.
The rhythms of the steel structure and wooden decking create a multiplicity of overlapping patterns of shadows that vary in direction and length all through the day rendering the simple structure at once complex and alive. At the particular moment of the sunset, the house, oriented almost due west at the elevation that faces the sea, acts as photographic diaphragm that invites the rays of the setting sun into the depths of the house, dashing the prototypical spaces in a horizontal glow of deep red.
Photos: Ieva Saudargaitė
This fabulous beach house retreat was designed by Johnson + McLeod Design Consultants, located on Pender Island, near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Pender Island is about a 1½-hour ferry ride or 15-minute seaplane ride from Vancouver. The project encompassed the renovation of a 1968 home, which is comprised of 2,800 square feet (260 square meters) of living space with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The designers respected the original home’s spirit while honoring the beautiful natural environment that surrounds it — “it’s a fresh Pacific Northwest take on midcentury modern.” The clients wanted the home to function as a place for escape and entertaining.
The renovation was all about transparency and long sight lines through the space to the spectacular views beyond. Creating a sense of continuity was paramount. All the floors are tiled in 30-inch by 6-inch Italian porcelain planks that resemble wood. The flooring is unbroken through all of the rooms and hallways, has no thresholds and is heated from underneath. It even continues up this high media wall, warming up the space.
The vaulted ceiling was painted white to lighten things up and cover inconsistencies left behind by old walls, since removed. In keeping with the home’s proportions, the designer designed windows that are 10 feet high, as opposed to their previous standard sliding door height of about 6 feet, 8 inches — all the more chances to see the eagles, whales and deer beyond the glass.
The designers mixed splurges like authentic Eames lounge chairs and a custom coffee table with less expensive pieces from popular retailers. The chevron poufs are from West Elm.
The designers replaced the steps with an updated metal and teak version and added a glass railing, but the spirit of the sunken living room remains. To create a unified look, the designers believe in repeating elements. In addition to the unbroken floor planks, the same sofa style, fabrics and paint colors were used on both levels to keep things pleasingly cohesive.
The designers knocked out the walls between the public areas, making it one big room. A new dining area is a part of the wide-open space. A jazzy group of pendants creates a funky rhythm overhead. The couple invested in authentic Eames dining chairs, but the dining table was relatively inexpensive from Crate & Barrel.
The biggest feature of the kitchen is this amazing 14-foot-long picture window that spans the counter length. The cabinets have all been custom designed in horizontal grained teak.
The long drawer pulls and block over the window emphasize the horizontal as well. The refrigerator and freezer are housed on the left side of the window; the pantry and a broom closet are to the right of it.
The bedrooms were kept simple to emphasize the views outside and create a restful vibe. Behind the headboard in the master bedroom is a textured Phillip Jefferies wall covering called Granite.
A wall-mounted velvet headboard allows for some versatility. It extends 14 feet so that the twin beds can be separated with a table between them or shoved together for a couple.
A big view from the bathroom shows how the lichen-covered rocks inspired the interiors. In keeping with the consistent flow throughout the house, all three bathrooms are more or less the same. They have the same porcelain wood-like planks on the floor; the vanities are crafted of teak, with long, sleek pulls and deep gray Caesarstone counters; and large-format gray tiles cover the walls.
The owners are able to telecommute from the island and stay in their recreation home as much as possible, no matter the weather.
The home sits on a hunk of rock jutting out into Swanson Channel. The designers were inspired by the lichen-covered rocks around the property, which include the occasional burst of orange, and the local fauna.
Photos: John Sinal Photography
Palm Beach House is an incredible single family residence designed by architecture studio Vaughn McQuarrie, located in Palm Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. This 1,184 square foot (110 square meters) house is located on a reasonably steep bush covered site a few hundred meters up a valley from the golden sands of Palm Beach Waiheke Island.
Sitting under a large pohutukawa tree the house negotiates the site with a series of suspended internal and external spaces connected by external bridges and stairs. The owners of this home have to step outside in order to circulate from room to room. Due to difficult access and the wish to minimize waste, the design was based around factory sheet sizes which could be carried by hand and directly fixed in place without the need for cutting. Glue laminated timber was used extensively in the framing, once again carried in by hand and pieced together on site.
A draw bridge allows the house to disengage itself from the ground, giving the occupants a sense of privacy and the feeling of being on a platform up in the trees.
Photos: Simon Devitt
Manhattan Beach Residence is the conversion of an existing three story property into a family home by Abramson Teiger Architects, located in Manhattan Beach, California. Located on a walk street, the original 1940’s stucco box was in need of an update. The clients were ready to move back to the beach and wanted to transform this property into their main home.
On the exterior the architects re-built the front facade with large openings creating a connection with the pedestrian friendly walk street . The exterior pallet is a subtle mix of smooth trowel stucco, honed limestone and dark stained mahogany siding. The living room with master bedroom above was articulated in a wood box breaking down the overall massing and gesturing towards Santa Monica Bay and views toward the north.
The public entry sequence pulls you through the front garden leading to the entry in the heart of the house where a custom designed walnut and stainless door opens into a 2 story foyer. Above the door a ledge and new window creates back lighting for an antique water wheel selected by the client.
The middle floor contains the main living spaces increased in length by combining the two units. The central two story kitchen is washed with light from multiple skylights flooding into the adjoining living and dining rooms. Custom millwork embraces a built in couch in the family room. The pantry, storage closet and powder room are all concealed behind walnut stained veneer cabinetry.
On the third floor the master bedroom occupies the view corner while an open passage leads through the master bath and continues across the bridge looking into the living spaces below and accessing the roof deck at the rear of the house.
The large roof deck is a private oasis for the clients to entertain and enjoy morning coffee.
Photos: Douglas Hill
Shelter Island House is a waterfront property that has been designed by Michael Haverland Architect, located on almost four acres on the highest point on Shelter Island, New York. After careful analysis, the existing beach cottage was retained to be “green” and not wasteful.
The 3,400 square foot addition is modern yet contextual, composed of two simple volumes with traditional pitched roofs, mirroring the angles of the existing house roof. Large walls of glass and simple planes of stucco are juxtaposed in a modern composition. Steel casement windows and doors have mullions and panes that are the same proportion as the existing house, but significantly larger to capture the magnificent views.
The living room volume faces north, to the North Fork and Connecticut, and the master bedroom and guest suite volume shifts to the northwest to capture sunset views, providing separation and privacy from the rest of the house and outdoor spaces. A foyer connects the old and new with a flat roof and deck above. The existing house is reconfigured to include a larger kitchen, proper dining room, porch with breakfast seating and four bedrooms.
The eclectic interiors include significant pieces that are colorful and bright and comfortable but elegant at the same time. The outdoor dining table and chairs, pine banquette and lounge and other furniture was custom designed.
Photos: Laurie Lambrecht
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