The First Street Residence embodies Southern California living at its finest, providing bright and airy living spaces and maximizing views of the Pacific Ocean. Located in the hill section of Manhattan Beach, this home unfolds across three sloping properties with a main house, pool house, and guest house which are seamlessly connected by a series of landscaped terraces, water features, and gardens.
The architectural and landscape elements are rotated on the site to create a strong axis towards the ocean, with the main living spaces leading to an infinity edge pool that appears to extend into the water beyond. This axial parti of the site is reinforced by two parallel stone walls that define the central volume of the main house, and dissolve slowly into the pool terrace and guest house.
The connection with nature starts inside the main house, where a three-story atrium with a striking curved stair encompasses a large specimen tree and is lit by a 20 x 16 foot skylight above. Other landscape features such as the koi pond with a bridge and sunken lanai, spa and pool, lush pocket gardens, and green roofs are integrated into the architecture, enhancing the daily indoor/outdoor flow, as well as adding a sense of discovery as various paths around the project are explored.
Wood, metal scrim, and glass volumes juxtapose the earthy palette of rough stone and panel form concrete. Attention to detail is evident in the articulation of these volumes, as well as in the clean and composed interiors. Smooth stones, beautiful woods, and blackened steel create a unique palette that is both raw and refined.