Working closely with the client and design team, RTD created a landscape that anchors the new residence to the rugged ocean side site, taking advantage of spectacular views and steep topography. Spaces were designed for the private needs of the family, social gatherings, play and the placement of sculpture. Landscape materials include concrete, limestone, granite, Corten steel, stainless steel, wood, water and fire. Plantings suitable to the ocean environment are woven throughout the composition.
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A composition of stone and corten steel demarcates the private from the public. Stone walls provide structure and privacy. The tower celebrates the arrival and houses the sliding gate operator.
An amazing rugged ocean-side site
Elements in the landscape such as wall benches, stairway landings, a belvedere overlook and the seat rocks at the fire pit area shown here provide opportunities to stop and take in the view.
An extension of the internal circulation of the residence culminates in a dramatic view of Yankee Point Cove and the ocean from the cantilevered end of this boardwalk.
Expansive ocean views
Groundcover adds color to flagstone paving and steps
A welcoming and sophisticated path from the entry court
Planting suitable to the ocean environment are woven throughout the composition
The spa, tiled with glass the color of the sea, is located in an intimate space midway between the main level of the house and the guest quarters below. Here, a multi-level terrace and a large built-in bench provide room to circulate, lounge or drop a towel before stepping down into the warm water.
The spa is positioned to maximize the ocean view, and is sheltered on three sides by bamboo, privacy wall and house.
Steps away from the inviting spa
A quiet, sheltered outdoor dining area
Indoor-outdoor lounge space
The stainless steel tunnel provides a passageway for children to run from one yard to another without entering adjacent vehicular space. A stone plinth anchors the tunnel, hosts a child height gathering spot, and curbs parked vehicles. Ferns, bamboo and wild California grapevine add storybook ambiance to the structure.