The Client’s Challenge:
- Design a home that will capture the expansive views of the ocean’s white water and 2500 acres of Torrey Pine nature preserve surrounding the site.
- Create a home that is full of natural light with open flexible spaces inside that will accommodate a growing family of five.
- Carefully fit the above into a tight, extremely steep infill lot while preserving a uniquely sculpted Torrey Pine Tree sitting on top of a sandstone bluff while allowing the limited flat area to be used for family activities including swimming and play.
The home is organized into three levels to minimize site disturbance while at the same time integrating the home into a steep slope and taking advantage of dramatic views to the southwest. This was made possible by building a soil-nail retaining wall from the top down preserving the bluff and tree with no over cut required.
- Level 1: entryway, three-car garage, workout room, bathroom, office and guest room.
- Level 2: family sleeping quarters that include a master bedroom suite, children’s bedrooms, integrated with an open play area, refreshment station and laundry room.
- Level 3: great room incorporating living, dining and library connecting to a kitchen and family room, expansive decks and back yard leads to nature trails into the preserve.
The character of the home is inspired by the Lone Torrey Pine atop a the bluff above the home with its reaching pattern of branches and pine needles.
Clearstory windows provide views from the interior to the Torrey Pine as well as day lighting and cross ventilation drawing warm air out of the levels below. The house is constructed of natural stone, wood, zinc and stainless steel and glass.