Zeidler Residence by Ehrlich Architects
By admin • Apr 18, 2011
Located on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 3,500 square-foot Zeidler Residence by Ehrlich Architects was designed for a retired couple with grown children.
The single-family residence sits on a relatively flat corner lot in Aptos, California.
Interior and exterior living and entertainment spaces are arranged to maximize views, natural light, and ocean breezes within a subtle, sophisticated material palette.
Zeidler Residence by Ehrlich Architects:
“The parti divides the program into two main structures on either side of a sheltered courtyard. On the ocean side, the two-and-a-half-story, one-bedroom main house accommodates the primary living spaces. A double-height living space provides generous art walls and features a burnished block fireplace and tall glass sliding doors that open the interior to the exterior spaces.
A study is located at the mezzanine level and is oriented towards the view. The master wing has an efficient layout that terminates at a balcony oriented towards the panoramic view. The kitchen and dining room are separated from the living room by an oversized sliding glass partition. A full-sized roof deck has a built-in barbecue and fireplace and allows for various entertaining configurations to take advantage of the stunning sunset and white water views. A wine-tasting room and utility rooms occupy the full basement. All the levels are tied together by a compact but dramatic stainless steel and walnut staircase which incorporates display shelves for the owners’ various collections.
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The rear guest structure accommodates the garage and three separate living quarters for friends and family. The larger second level studio has a full kitchen and expansive deck with views towards the ocean. Together the main house and guest house enclose a landscaped courtyard with lap pool and built-in barbecue. A trellis with overhead panels encloses a walkway from the main house to the guest house.
When the structures are open to the elements they form a complex of open air pavilions connected through the landscape. The front yard even incorporates a petanque court, a favorite pastime of the client.
The entire composition is tied together by a rich and elegant material palette that includes steel-troweled stucco, exposed concrete block, stainless steel railings, walnut millwork, cast glass partitions and Rheinzink.”
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Photos by: Matthew Millman
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