The street facade is enigmatic: a gently curved wall with one
narrow window and a pivoting door to hint at what lies behind. The original
intention was to clad this facade in stone, but that seemed too bland a choice, so
the client agreed to board-poured concrete. It was supposed be a two-week job,
but it eventually took four months. Color samples were considered, boards were
cut to exactly the same width and sandblasted to bring out the grain of the wood.
The pour had to be exact, and it tested the masons’ skills. The door in the wall
opens to an enclosed courtyard and a glazed entry that shifts the axis 90 degrees
to the west, extending from the foyer to the living room and out to an infinity pool
that merges with the ocean far below. It’s a stunning piece of theater.