A family’s primary residence, this urban beach house creates a sanctuary of privacy in a lively, urban waterfront environment. The house features wide views of the ocean and landscape, and a screen guard in the form of a stratified band around the building shelters the residents from exposure.
The family wanted a modest house that drew on post-war architecture’s pragmatism and accessibility. The interior’s discrete, low-key surface fulfils that desire. And its highly precise, detail-oriented underpinnings belie the surface and balance intuition and rigor.
The alignments at the centre of the design also create a kind of choreography, a sense that the landscape and building merge seamlessly. The carport slides over a landscaped wall, which inconspicuously turns into an interior wall, anchoring an interior skylight and stairs.
There is no singular expression in this house: materials change subtly but unexpectedly in every room and with people’s movement through the space, creating a gradual revelation of new details and experiences, and a sense of longevity.