Coral Cove II

Dana Point, CA

The form of the home was born out of the unique view angles and the program’s need for public space with ocean views yet privacy from neighbors and the surrounding streets. The materials are chosen to be timeless yet forward reaching, a juxtaposition similar in concept to the program’s clash between public views and privacy. Rammed earth walls anchor the long public elevations along Coral Cove and Shoreline Drive with coloring derived from the natural landscape adjacent to the lot at the Headlands Park. Matte metal paneling forms a skin on certain facades that separates and creates framed views from the interior and transparency and depth from the exterior. From the street the architecture conveys a strong low horizontal massing that is contemporary in shape but softened with its use of natural materials, layering and moments of transparency.

The lot is very unique in shape and the home responds by rotating along the gentle curves to maximize water and horizon views while providing a more engaging corner presence for the community. Layers of transparency are provided through privacy screens, deconstruction of materials and changes in mass and scale to help this home respond to the need for privacy while maximizing fenestration to capture views. These design elements also respond to shading along a southwest exposure and proved passive solar capabilities at different times of the year.

Project Stats

Size: Appx. 10,760 SF


Architect: Brandon Architects

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