This Southern California oasis is a harmonious blend between a lively tropical resort and a rejuvenating South Pacific retreat.  It is a vessel for living, crafted with nautical precision, where crisp forms coalesce with a translucent, ever-changing skin and soft, flowing elements.  Sweeping vistas arbitrated by controllable layers of privacy create a metamorphosis of light and mood - from playful to romantic.  Natural, sun drenched volumes of immense windows and soaring ceilings create unobstructed views to the colorful transition of day into night while crisp white sails offer a veil of seclusion.  The soft, filtered evening illumination becomes a coastal beacon for lively entertainment or intimate romantic soirees.

Through intensive analysis of programmatic demands of a new family raising children, the "upside down house" paradigm is brought to the Strand.  The entire family living level becomes one vast, open space on the uppermost level where it enjoys a large, sheltered outdoor living area well protected from the near constant activity of the public beaches below.  In contrast, the beach level becomes an open and welcoming alcove off The Strand for entertainment and neighborhood gatherings.

This home represents the evolved synthesis of beachfront family living and the unique demands of a small lot with dedications of large, livable outdoor spaces within a dense urban residential context.  Informed by the owners' extensive sailing experience the various floor levels embody the same efficiency of multi-purpose space found aboard a sailboat.  Maritime inspired materials of mahogany, bronze, glass, stone, slender mast-like columns, steel cable, and fabric fit together with similar nautical precision.  Crisp white plaster planes emulate the uninterrupted expanse of fiberglass hulls.  The entire wooden "vessel" of the upper level appears moored on top of a solid, exposed concrete base reminiscent of protective harbor jetties or engineered coastal embankments. From the moment of arrival there is an immediate, if subtle perception of a home perfectly straddling the edge of continent and sea.


About Us

KAA Design is a leading-edge design studio dedicated to advancing the California lifestyle through contemporary architecture. For over 25 years, we have created one-of-a-kind homes that place a premium on comfort and beauty, elevating the rituals of daily life from the mundane to the sublime.

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Lifestyle, Not Style

Each of us deal in lifestyle design as inventors and consumers. As designers, we are responsible for authoring surroundings that reflect and nurture our clients' lifestyle.

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