Location: Manhattan Beach, CA
Data: 1000 sq ft Residential Addition
Date: September, 2006
The program, given to us by an elderly couple, involved a remodel of an existing single storey dwelling (800 sqf) and an addition (1000 sqf). The clients had desired for their house to keep the idea of a Californian Beach Shack alive in a neighborhood populated with new McMansions built to maximize square footages.
They desired a light and airy dwelling with a viewing deck, a yard for barbeques and a chance for their grandchildren to saunter in and out of the lot with their surfboards.
A bold floating structure was proposed to float over the existing L-shaped structure. Resting on its own moment frame, the addition would house a master suite and observation deck, a children’s playhouse and guest area.
The flying roofs, modular panel facades and the open-to- sky staircase, in the courtyard, all take their cue from the beach shack aesthetic. The composite dwelling utilized joining the two adjacent structures through stairwells and corridors inside.