santa cruz, california + 4,000 square feet
architect | fuse architects inc.
details | cedar shake siding, butt glazed windows, exposed concrete, thin film solar panels
modeling | animatehouse
Our client is a well-known Bay Area general contractor on a mission to find an architecture firm that would bring his ideal home to life. He knew exactly what style of beach house he wanted, so he held a competition asking architects to show him a sketch of an idea for the project. Fuse Architects design was precisely what he was seeking. Once the design commenced, there were many factors to consider. The lot was fairly small but needed to work for family gatherings and beach parties. Another must-have for our client was a modern curved roof shape. The surrounding buildings were of a more traditional beach style and the design needed to somehow integrate a classic look without sacrificing the modern edge of our client’s vision. Fuse addressed these concerns by coming up with a curved roof form designed to maximize natural daylight infiltration that would reduce power consumption during the day. The home incorporated energy strategies such as thin film solar panels in the roof system and a rainwater catchment system to reduce its day to day energy needs. The exterior cladding is a combination of native pacific cypress and western red cedar. The final design is a distinctive beach home in an ideal location that contains both private spaces and areas oriented to take full advantage of the amazing views.