Practicality, simplicity and functionality were the primary elements that accompanied the designing of the California Coast House. The purpose was to maximize the space of the narrow lot while following the restrictions of the City of Hermosa Beach.
The facades are kept clean, with bright colors to conserve the beach spirit. Some parts of the exterior clad the façade in no maintenance cedar to warmly greet the street.
The small triangular balconies are added to give a distance to the floor-to-ceiling windows and keep the privacy with some plants that also give more life to the front façade.
The largest glass partition area (including all the bedrooms) is positioned in the south façade to capture the maximum light throughout the day, also because the building on the left is a 2 storey house and allows more light infiltration.
The private and public spaces are kept clearly distant from each other. All rooms are positioned in the first floor as requested. There are also two additional bedrooms in the second floor. Their function may be flexible. The same applies to the third floor, which is kept open and can be utilized for different purposes on different times.
The living, dining and kitchen area are all an open space full of natural light and good ventilation.
For natural ventilation purposes I created the stair tower for a better air circulation and the tower on top of it creates the chimney effect that helps the air flow faster.
I tried to be as accurate as possible with your requests. But I know there still might be leaks in the project, because of its content, size and restrictions which can’t be solved in a competition. However, if you like the overall idea I am ready to work on it further.
Thank you for the opportunity of this interesting and challenging project.