This modern beach house designed by Richard Meier Architects, located 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.
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-height 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 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.