Conceived as a family retreat to be passed down from generation to generation, this dramatic beach house borrows its expressive formal qualities from the crashing surf and shifting dunes. A sensually curved roofscape harbors the complex program mandated by the clients. Separate zones for children (including a play room with a retractable roof for indoor ‘camping’), adults, games, fitness and entertaining are arranged around a semi-private courtyard at the house’s center. The structure processes down the site toward the ocean, framing views of the water - some expansive, others mere slivers - along the way. Nearest to the water, the main living and entertaining zone opens to a beach-front terrace through huge expanses of column free, operable glass walls.
The house's material palette was curated to respond to the elemental nature of the scenery at hand. At the terrace, two fire features bring warmth and humanity to sitting and viewing areas; and expressive, durable materials like cast concrete and bronzed metal are employed throughout.