Brandon Architects

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Acacia

  • Corona del Mar, CA

The narrative of this home revolved around the client’s typical day and their probable emotional connection to the home. We wanted something that not only filled their needs for a home but inspired them in their daily lives. We strove to create moments rather than spaces, whether it encouraged the chance to be social and meeting the many neighbors that walk the area, or watching the sun set over the ocean at the end of the work day.

The units have a large amount of exterior glazing allowing for plenty of natural light. The exterior consists of cast in place concrete, smooth stucco, ipe wood siding, western door and window wall systems, and large steel I beams exposed on the front exterior along with a glass balcony with metal stanchion detail. The interiors also incorporate unique wall materials/textures, modern light fixtures, stairs with open risers, and glass partitions to open up the space. The exterior and interior design along with its modern layout allows for truly open, clean, bright modern and unique live-able units.

 

We wanted something that not only filled their needs for a home but inspired them in their daily lives. We strove to create moments rather than spaces, whether it encouraged the chance to be social and meeting the many neighbors that walk the area, or watching the sun set over the ocean at the end of the work day. A project’s aesthetic should start as a blank canvas and be influenced by all the components of the Program; the site, client, function, day-lighting, etc… For example, when designing the front unit we were inspired by our client’s propensity for natural light so we knew that glazing and transparency were going to be essential throughout. We were fortunate to have great clients here that consistently matched or exceeded our creativity.

Our favorite detail in this home is the staircase. There is a 5 degree angle to the interior wall of the atrium that carries all the way to the 3rd floor so the space widens as you go up. This atrium space was an anchor to the design of the home which we knew was going to bring a lot of natural light and drama to a smaller home on a small lot. The stair attrium features a two story built-in shoe wall.

Information:

 
Project Stats:
Size: Appx. 3,527 S.F.
Location: Corona Del Mar, CA
 
Collaboration:
Architect: Brandon Architects
Builder: Patterson Custom Homes
Interior Designer: Ultra-Mod
 
Recognition:
Awards: 2016 AIA OC - Award of Merit 
Publications: 2016 Wall Street Journal 
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