|Location||Carmel, CA, United States|
|Area||596 m2 (6414 sq.ft.)|
This stunningly modern Carmel Highlands residence overlooks the Monterey Bay and Point Lobos to the north. The 6,414 square foot home is constructed of stone and exposed wood, giving it an earthy feel as well as the effect of being nestled into the hillside.
In the beginning, the subject property presented extreme challenges:
- The site is extremely steep
- Is located right below Highway One
- Slopes west towards an undesirable view of another residence
- All desirable ocean views are towards the north
- A landmark cypress tree with over 48” diameter is located in the middle of the lot.
In order to visually key the building into the surrounding landscape, the building is terraced over four levels, each level fully backing into the hillside. To take advantage of the views towards the north and sunshine from the south for the main living areas, the architects built a 2-story base (housing garages on level one, guest rooms, and gym on level two) into the slope and cantilevered level 3, the main living areas east/west. Level 4 is again stepped back and contains the master-suite, private office, lanai, pool, and outdoor living areas.
Studio Schicketanz mitigated the visual impact of the home from above by densely planting each of the exposed roof decks with the help of a local biologist and horticulturist. Once inside, the main living space features a sophisticated series of rooms with an open floor plan. Strategically placed skylights and light wells bring daylight deep into the building, while floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a large patio that takes advantage of the spectacular ocean views.