The Cardiff House is a meditation on privacy. The clients, who share a public practice, commissioned Luce et Studio to reconstruct a private, domestic space. Luce created two offset volumes, accented by carefully proportioned apertures, resulting in a restorative intimacy of openness to the landscape without the risk of overexposure.The architects built on the momentum of a previous collaboration with the client; the design of their landscape architecture offices completed in 2002. Whereas the office is a public expression of the studio?s ideals and aesthetics, the house embodies the couple?s personal rituals and priorities: privacy, food, art, landscape, and family. The spaces are a unique blend of visual risk, unusual juxtapositions and elegant restraint.The entry door, a stainless steel sliding wall, marks the threshold between intense privacy and gracious welcoming. It references a gate or portal, and also speaks to the protective image of shield, wall, or skin. Fully open, the massive door opens to receive guests and circulates the crossbreeze of the beach climate. Closed, it ensures the inner sanctum remains intimate, protected by the door?s sheer size and mass.The entry hall features a hovering stair at its centre. Floors of plate steel meet walls of hemlock and describe a balance intended for the entire house, in which smooth metals meet textured woods, challenging expectations and the senses. Ascending the stair reveals the core of the house where a serious commercial kitchen runs the full length of the volume. The couple?s passion for food centers here, as a fulcrum between private and social when experiments with food are shared with family and friends.The uncomplicated nature of the upper floor allows clear space for life. Subtle and finely articulated surfaces merge with a carefully curated collection of paintings. This interaction of art, food, and architecture culminates in a single outward-looking expanse of view to the horizon. While the house is almost entirely closed off from the street, this expanse is dominated by a folding window system that opens to the ocean.