Conceptually, the design explores an array of interlocking volumes that open up to the water. The house pushes and pulls to create a series of outdoor spaces intertwined with the main living spaces. A level of privacy is created alongside the street and side yard by limiting the fenestration on these two elevations.
Inspired by the original architecture’s Japanese influences, Rudolf Schindler and Ralph Lautner, George Nakashima as well as the owners’ fascination with materials and detail, phase one began with the design of the living room fireplace – a sand colored wall of four foot long, Cordova limestone strips. An additional level of detail is provided by bronze and etched glass sliding panels that screen wood storage bins on either side of the firebox.
Sliding panels are used to change spaces throughout the house. In the dining room, floor to ceiling, stainless steel banded, cedar panels can be closed to provide separation from the kitchen for more formal entertaining. In the guest baths, multiple teak panels can be arranged to open or close glass rooms that not only borrow daylight from their adjoining bedrooms, but enjoy the same spectacular ocean views.