Pacific Coast Residence

A crystalline glass house embraces its magnificent ocean environment.

Located on an extraordinary site along the coast highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the house has been designed to take full advantage of its extraordinary site.  Extensive use of glass throughout the design allows the shimmering light and crisp ocean air to flow directly into the house.

The house is organized around a central public axis, flanked by private wings to the east and west.  This design solution creates convivial communal areas for socializing and entertaining while also ensuring privacy for the house’s occupants.  On the building exterior, a state-of-the-art glazing system—which includes integrated aluminum dowels and horizontal aluminum blades to control solar heat and glare—is combined with durable panels of white crystalized glass to create a new interpretation of the iconic modernist glass house designed to endure the demanding climate of the ocean environment.

The massing of the house and its architectural envelope are designed to offer quality daylight to every space in the house. All living spaces are naturally ventilated with operable windows, including 32 feet of glazing in the living room that slides into a pocket to capture the essence of California coastal living.