This house on the beach sits on a narrow lot, an “urban” lot with minimal side yard setbacks. The charge to the architect was to maximize space and to most fully exploit the presence of the beach and ocean and the dramatic vistas they afford. The solution was to create a grand, curved, processional datum wall which establishes appropriate degrees of privacy and vitiates (along with the shifted axis) the straight jacket of the site geometry. The public zone then is framed, opened, and dematerialized as object, making it both of and apart from the beach.
Design Award for Excellence in Design, American Institute of Architects - Los Angeles, 1998
Honor Award for Excellence in Design, American Institute of Architects - Orange County, 1997
Capistrano Beach, CA
$1.2 million USD
371 square meters/3,990 square feet on a 8.5m/26’ wide lot