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House on Kings Road

House on Kings Road

Overlooking Coast Highway and Newport Harbor, this house sits low and sheltered from the street while embracing the views of the bay and Pacific horizon beyond. A quiet retreat for an empty-nest couple seeking a more essential lifestyle, the home offers the best of what they need in a compact and efficient, but well articulated and richly detailed architectural experience.

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Orienting the home on the generously sized lot was influenced by the steep topography, a restrictive height limit, and an easement that bisected the lot close to the street.

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A generous skylight above the stairs and glass entry bridge illuminates the lower floor which offers extra bedrooms for family visits, and access to the lap pool which sits beyond the easement bisecting the lot.

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Essential and reductive, this house is a composition for modern living where light, concrete, and wood are the primary building materials and each resonate throughout the spaces in measured proportion.

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The compact footprint needed to make the most use of the limited space available and invited opportunities for rooms to borrow space from each other, lending an air of spaciousness to the otherwise compact design.

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A quiet retreat for an empty-nest couple seeking a more essential lifestyle, the home offers the best of what they need in a compact and efficient, but well articulated and rich, architectural experience.

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The primary living spaces, kitchen, dining, and master bedroom, are located upstairs where the couple spends most of their time. An undulating roof above defines the living spaces of the great room and makes the most of the allowable heights above grade.

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Overlooking the Coast Highway and Newport harbor below, this small house on Kings Road sits low and sheltered from the street while embracing the views of the bay and Pacific horizon beyond. At once both solid and transparent, the home is outwardly quiet, while offering innovative spatial relationships that create a rich living experience inside.

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