Marin County, CA
Set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this weekend home is banked into the hillside as a series of terraces. From the street, the house appears as a low, planted retaining wall, completely disguised from view. Exposed concrete retaining walls express the structural integrity of the design inside and out.
The open living areas on the upper level are organized by a column of light at the stairwell. The kitchen and everyday storage are efficiently concealed along the back wall of the space. An expansive terrace on the waterfront side of the house nearly doubles the amount of entertaining area and welcomes the ocean breezes into the home.
The home includes three bedrooms on the lower level as well as bunk couchettes along the hallway for additional guests. Full height windows in the bathrooms frame private views to the landscape and provide natural ventilation.
The landscape design adapts existing rock formations into the parking court, outdoor rinse areas, and patios. Native vegetation will screen the house from the neighbors while framing compelling views to the ocean and specimen trees.
IN COLLABORATION WITH Winder Gibson Architects
STRUCTURAL Berkeley Engineering
CIVIL Oberkamper & Associates, AYS Engineering
GEOTECH Miller Pacific Engineering Group
LIGHTING Christine Sciulli Light + Design
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Surface Design Inc.
ENVELOPE CONSULTANT Blanco Architecture