beach house in california

Architecture studio Richard Meier & Partners designed this immaculate house with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Located in Southern California, this 4,280 square foot home was completed in 2011.

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Immaculate Beachfront House by Richard Meier:

Situated along a densely built section of the Pacific Coast Highway, this house fronts the Pacific ocean to the south, a courtyard to the west, and the highway to the north. The courtyard provides a visual and spatial link between the entry, the highway and the ocean beyond. Like many courtyard building types endemic to Southern California, the open space creates an exterior living room.

The succession through the house begins at the glazed translucent north entry wall and into the courtyard between the Main House and Guest House. The two-story entrance provides a framed view through the living room to the ocean beyond, and is transected by a send level glazed bridge and walkway.

On the east side of the entry and walkway are the private living areas. To the west, the public areas open onto the courtyard. The double-ehgiht living room links the enclosed spaces with the deck and ocean via a full-height wall of glass and sliding doors.

Sunscreens and louvers are integral to the facade providing both transitional space between the house and terrace, and passively shading the glazed surfaces from the sunlight.

The beams at the roof, located above the horizontal framing, express the structural rhythm and layering of components. This cadence is repeated with the joinery of the painted aluminum exterior wall panels and modular windows. The mass of the exterior plaster walls are juxtaposed to the transparent glazed facades, creating a mosaic of layered materials. It is through this use of the layered materials combined with the enclosure walls as planes intersected by transparent surfaces, that the separation between inside and outside is blurred and the spaces are linked.


Photos by Scott Frances | Text by Richard Meier & Partners


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