* Residential Architecture: Altamira Residence by Marmol Radziner
Posted by the editors on Thursday, 3 May 2012
Residential Architecture: Altamira Residence by Marmol Radziner: “..Not wanting to disturb the land more than necessary, the four separate buildings–main house, study, guest house, and garage–were cut into the terrain reducing the need to grade the site. As a result, the subterranean garage and partially buried main house seem to emerge from the ground as the land slopes toward the ocean. Not only did submerging the buildings reduce the amount of site work required, it also preserved the ocean view for the surrounding neighborhood..Connections to the site extend beyond the physical locations of the structures and outdoor areas to the selection of building and landscape materials that repeat the colors and textures indigenous to the area. Local shale was used to clad the concrete walls, the landscape boulders were harvested from a nearby quarry, and the over 30,000 plants were contract-grown from native California seed..” Extensive glazing, lovely views, careful elaboration of landscaping and plantings, locally sourced materials, stone and wood, used extensively in the interior..
See our posts on three other homes by Marmol Radziner: Residential Architecture: Palms Residence by Marmol Radziner, Residential Architecture: Desert House by Marmol Radziner and Residential Architecture: Hawkesbury Residence by Marmol Radziner.
image: Steve Guntner, Benny Chan, and Joe Fletcher; article: Contemporist