On the coastal outskirts of Pacifica, California, a parcel of land is transformed into a new hillside development. A series of contemporary Californian residences, embedded in the landscape, takes advantage of ocean views.
Playing with the idea of the traditional ‘spec’ house, the design is based on a modular system of components. With slight modifications these pieces can be arranged to perfectly suit each lot. By using the system to adapt to the precise conditions of each site, the residences seamlessly integrate into the steep hillside, creating a fluid experience of terraced landscapes.
Each bespoke residence aims to achieve an estimated 4,000-ft2 of internal area, distributed over two to three floors – similar in size to other four-bedroom houses in the neighbourhood. This development of bespoke high-end Californian design serves as an example of how to create a development with minimal impact on the environment while providing local residents with access to the amazing natural landscapes that surround.
Location: Pacifica, California
Program: Residential Masterplan
Civil Engineer: Professional Land Services