Status
In Progress
Year
2018
Program
Houses/Housing
Scale
500m²
Partners
MCKNHM Architekten
Rizoma Arquitetura
Team
Mark Mueckenheim and
Maria Paz De Moura Castro,
Kawinthra Chongsuksantikul,
Jing Zhang

Our strategy for a house remodel unfolds and maximizes unused potential at a beach front property. The house is located at one of the most beautiful stretches of the spectacular Northern California Coast in-between the Bay Area and the city of Monterey. The existing house was built in the early 1980s in a cute but somewhat old-fashioned cottage style appearance, which resulted in introverted spaces that did not take much advantage of its magnificent surrounding. The close collaboration with an open-minded and visionary client enabled us to propose a complete transformation through relatively small interventions. By removing a few crucial walls, our new design employs open floor plans which allow for a contemporary generosity closer reflecting the very prominent location of the house. In addition with larger floor to ceiling glazing, the breathtaking views are now maximized in order to better capitalize on the amazing location. The exterior is also completely reconstructed through the replacement of roof like angled shingle siding with a contemporary open cedar cladding that builds on local precedents. The wood will attain a beautiful natural grey over time, this weathered look is in line with the vernacular of many contemporary and modern buildings along the Northern California Coast since the late 1960s. The project is currently under development please check back for updates.