Brandon Architects

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Evening Canyon

  • Corona del Mar, CA

The Evening Canyon Residence advances the idea of indoor/outdoor living with its transformative design. Operable facades, natural light and layers of transparency help remove the physical barriers creating better connections to the outdoors while framing the protected views from the second level. The location of the site yields to an abundance of ocean and treetop views which increase as you elevate from level to level. With better views at higher elevations a roof top deck was incorporated, capturing 180° of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island and the surround village of Corona del Mar.

The open floor plan of the second level allows for transparency beyond the dining and parlor, and through the great room over the restrained heights of the surround vegetation and home. Entering the great room and kitchen the southern light is directed onto the ceiling with a larger light shelf and overhang covering the rear deck space. The living space opens up to the deck with disappearing doors and the transformation of walls. The drama of removing a barrier is elevated with the large steel tilt-up door bookending the kitchen. The manual crank system, which is a work of art in itself, tilts the door with the bottom ¾ cantilevered out over the deck.

Early on in the design process the clients asked for a special place to display a family instrument, a baby grand piano. Situated on the glass floor the piano is on display from all sides.


Project Stats:
Size: Appx. 6,800 S.F.
Location: Corona Del Mar, CA
Architect: Brandon Architects
Builder: Patterson Custom Homes
Landscape: DWLA
Interior Designer: Ultra-Mod