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Pacifica Pier Residence

Type: Residential 
Material: Concrete 
Area: 5,000 sq.ft. 
Location: Pacifica, CA 

The houses along Beach Boulevard in Pacifica, California are from the post-war modern movement of the West Coast, which are part of the lineal descent from Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-ino project for the war damaged region of Flanders.

This private residence pays homage to this history by expressing two horizontal slabs of concrete, that are supported by a series of concrete walls connected by a central stair.  The structure of the garage allows for a facade free from load-bearing columns, thus allowing walls engaged with the slab to float above the ground plane. This creates both a monolithic appearance, and defines zones of programmatic use. Here glass is seen as a facade material that reflects its surroundings, yet is also immaterial allowing for transparency.