A 3800 sqft home, featuring a cantilever and sweeping ocean views. -
This three-bedroom vacation home on Big Sur's spectacular south coast is anchored in the natural beauty and power of the California landscape. Our design embeds the building within the land, creating a structure that is inseparable from its context. The site, which features a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean along the bluff and toward the west, offers dramatic views. Yet it demands a more complex form than a giant picture window.

The long, thin volume of the house conforms to the natural contours of the land and the geometries of the bluff, deforming its shape and structure in response, much like the banana slug native to the region's seaside forests. In this way, the complex structural system applies natural forms to accommodate the siting. The main bearing system of the house is set back twelve feet from the bluff, both to protect the cliff's delicate ecosystem and to ensure the structure's integrity and safety. The house itself is cantilevered over the bluff. The interior is a shelter, an elegant refuge in contrast with the roughness and immense scale of the ocean and cliff.

The main body of the house is composed of two rectangular boxes connected by an all-glass library/den. A one-story concrete wing perpendicular to the main volume holds the ground-floor bedrooms and features a green roof; it is the boulder that locks the house to the land. The lower of the two main volumes, a double-cantilevered master bedroom suite, acts as a promontory above the ocean, offering breathtaking views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper volume is an open-plan space-kitchen, living room, and dining room-with a swooping ceiling, all clad in wood, that follows the shape of the land.

The house's two main façades express both shelter and exposure. On the north, clear expanses of glass reveal ocean and coastline views; long strips of translucent channel glass dapple the light, playing on the sea's shimmering surface. The south façade, clad in copper, which wraps over the roof, is mostly enclosed, offering a retreat from the forces of nature. Roof overhangs on the east and west protect the windows and the front door from the harshness of sun and wind.

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Kitchen / Dining room

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, Glass Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, and House Building Type. Photo 6 of Fall House
Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Trees, Shrubs, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Landscape Lighting, Grass, Rooftop, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. "The house's two main façades express both shelter and exposure. On the north, clear expanses of glass reveal ocean and coastline views; long strips of translucent channel glass dapple the light, playing on the sea's shimmering surface. The south façade, clad in copper, which wraps over the roof, is mostly enclosed, offering a retreat from the forces of nature. Roof overhangs on the east and west protect the windows and the front door from the harshness of sun and wind, Photo 7 of Fall House

"The house's two main façades express both shelter and exposure. On the north, clear expanses of glass reveal ocean and coastline views; long strips of translucent channel glass dapple the light, playing on the sea's shimmering surface. The south façade, clad in copper, which wraps over the roof, is mostly enclosed, offering a retreat from the forces of nature. Roof overhangs on the east and west protect the windows and the front door from the harshness of sun and wind,

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, Flat RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, and House Building Type. Photo 8 of Fall House
Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Limestone Floor, Coffee Tables, and Wall Lighting. Living room Photo 9 of Fall House

Living room

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Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Grass, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Trees. Photo 11 of Fall House
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Shed RoofLine, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, and Glass Siding Material. Photo 12 of Fall House
Modern home with Living Room, Limestone Floor, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, and Coffee Tables. Living room Photo 13 of Fall House

Living room

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Modern home with Limestone Floor and Chair. Fireplace Photo 15 of Fall House

Fireplace

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Modern home with Chair and Limestone Floor. Library Photo 17 of Fall House

Library

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View of library at night