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.
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.
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."
Two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom of this Big Sur home frame expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
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.
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.