The City of Carmel-By-The-Sea is a place of overwhelming natural beauty. From the ocean cliffsides to the groves of Monterey Cypress trees, there is an ever present sense of be enveloped in the place. Even the air has a presence with its sea salt mist and fog drifts.
This house was designed to tuck itself into this environment. It both blends with and relies upon the characteristics of the site. The living spaces open up to a small courtyard, sheltered under the canopy of trees. Weathering woods and board-formed concrete mimic the trees and the earth around the structure. Green roofs sit atop parts of the staggered volumes, helping to pull the house deeper into the site as it works its way down the steep terrain.