Horst Architects lately redesigned this loft apartment perched atop a rocky seaside promontory in Corona del Mar, California.
Perched atop a rocky seaside promontory, this loft renovation is an efficient response to the difficulty of restricted space with simplicity and restraint getting the guiding principles of the design remedy. The customers requested a design which would accommodate workplace operate by day and intimate social and familial gatherings by evening. The interior spaces have been entirely reconfigured into an open program evolving around a double height entry volume containing the principal stairway. Sliding partitions and fabric behind frameless glass have replaced classic signifies of enclosure and spatial transition. A sculptural interplay of material, light and form define spaces, which are both intimate and communal, sheltering but expansive. Indoor and outside living is integrated by frameless, bi-folding doors. Windows are positioned to embrace the view of the harbor, while second skin systems such as wood shutters mediate the late afternoon sun and provide privacy. The altering play of light on surfaces, the breezes that move via and around the structure, the touch and smell of walls and gardens, the play of colors, the sound of spaces all play a element in the reception of architecture as it is lived in, and are important determinants in our well being.