Architects: Fougeron Architecture
Location: California 1, Big Sur, CA, USA
Area: 3,800 sqft
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography
Structural Engineering: Endres Ware Architects Engineers
Landscape Architects: Blasen Landscape Architects
Civil/Geotechnical Engineering: Grice Engineering and Geology
From the architect. This three-bedroom home, on Big Sur’s spectacular south coast, is anchored in the natural beauty and power of this California landscape. Our design strategy embeds the building within the land, creating a structure inseparable from its context. The site offers dramatic views: a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean both along the bluff and the western exposure. Yet it demands a form more complex than a giant picture window.
The long, thin volume conforms and deforms to the natural contours of the land and the geometries of the bluff, much like the banana slug native to the region’s seaside forests. In this way, the complex structural system applies and defies natural forms to accommodate the siting. The house
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