The beachfront facade is composed around four twostory, symmetrical mahogany “masts” beneath the top floor’s covered terrace. Behind them, a purposeful asymmetry maintains ocean views and interior privacy for the midlevel master suite and boardwalk-level beach room.

This Southern California family home blends the lively tropical resort with a salubrious South Pacific retreat.  Employing striking nautical elements like mahogany decking, white sail sun controls, masts and cables, the oceanfront residence is an oasis for both lively entertaining and intimate romantic soirees. Typical to the Strand, the design incorporates an upside down plan where the largest living and public spaces are placed on top, and the private bedrooms are below.

The deceptively simple concrete walls, bronze shutters, and mahogany columns are crafted with nautical precision. The motorized shade system was custom designed and engineered, with marine-grade motor and cable pulley systems.

Living and entertaining spaces occupy the uppermost floors where arresting views of the Pacific Ocean and abundant sunlight can be controlled with folding mahogany louvered panels.

The nuances of varied textured surfaces are highlighted by the architectural board formed concrete and horizontal teak wood paneling.

In contrast to the house’s precise linear geometry, a circular staircase cuts a dramatic, sinuous swath through the center of the home, connecting the middle entry level with the top-floor living level.

The organic, sinuous stair provides an inviting counterpoint to the rigorously geometric plan.

The steel floor rim of the home’s living level cantilevers toward the horizon. Mahogany paneling, hand-troweled plaster, and boardformed concrete complete the palette.

Project Details


34th & The Strand


Manhattan Beach, CA



KAA Services


Landscape Architecture

Interior Design

Douglas Durkin Design

Lighting Design

KGM Architectural Lighting


Manolo Langis

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