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December 8, 2015
If you're neighbors with the world's largest ocean, wouldn't you want to maximize your view as well?
The Stroj's son watches the Ocean.

With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, this house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape. The clients cite Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mrs. Clinton Walker House in Carmel, California, as a very loose inspiration for the design of their house. From the deck off the kitchen and living area, Miha, nine years old, takes in an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Originally appeared in Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui
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Red steel canopy covering walkway.

On the sandy shores of Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle, renowned firm Olson Kundig Architects crafted this subtle home with striking steel accents. The steel canopy protects the residents from Seattle’s notoriously rainy weather as they walk from the entry gate to the front door.

Originally appeared in House of Steel
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Neutra renovation Los Angeles

The challenge of renovating an iconic midcentury house is surely a daunting one for any architect, but apply this formula to a Richard Neutra house, and the responsibility rises exponentially. This was the situation for Los Angeles–based architect Peter Grueneisen, founder and principal of Los Angeles–based Nonzero Architecture, who inherited the task of taking on significant updates to an already-altered Neutra—the 1949 Freedman House in Pacific Palisades, California. 

The upstairs portion of the addition takes advantage of the ocean view beyond. "The second floor achieves a dynamic on its own, with large window bands and roof overhangs with detailing emulated from the original," Grueneisen says. "But despite the significant change in the massing, we believe the final composition results in an integrated and seamless sense of continuity between the different generations of the building."

 

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Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai/Nonzero Architecture
Originally appeared in A Neutra Renovation in Los Angeles
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Two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom of this Big Sur home frame expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

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Originally appeared in Going Coastal
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Modern house in Sea Ranch with a sequoia outdoor dining table

A new home at Sea Ranch, a half-century-old enclave of rugged modernist houses on the Northern California coast, captures the spirit of its surroundings. Ramirez and his partner, Sarah Mason Williams, dine at a sequoia table by Redwood Burl next to a hulking juniper tree that they asked the architects to preserve as a centerpiece of the property.

The view from Gabriel Ramirez’s property in Sea Ranch, California, where meadow grasses and cypress trees give way to craggy cliffs and the lapping Pacific Ocean. His house joins those that a cohort of forward-thinking architects built along this stretch of coast in the 1960s.

 

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Originally appeared in Modern Home Joins a Storied Site on the Pacific Ocean
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Unlike many other houses, whose views occur only out front, the 2inns offer a glimpse of the Pacific through the house and from the backyard.

These twin sun-drenched San Diego abodes prove that two decks are better than one. Unlike many other houses, whose views occur only out front, the dwellings offer a glimpse of the Pacific through the house and from the backyard.

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Originally appeared in Double the Pleasure
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The Stroj's son watches the Ocean.

With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, this house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape. The clients cite Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mrs. Clinton Walker House in Carmel, California, as a very loose inspiration for the design of their house. From the deck off the kitchen and living area, Miha, nine years old, takes in an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean.

Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

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