Bayview is uniquely designed to the needs of the multicultural modern family that calls it home. Located in the coastal community of Hermosa Beach, CA, this modest hillside site is bound by a street with strict height restrictions on one side, and a pedestrian walkway on the other. What could have been a design limitation instead becomes an opportunity to create something truly special.
The overall approach was to create a series of grand and private spaces that connected to the outdoors and encouraged congregation and entertaining.
This four-level home features different volumes arranged around two main stairwells, one public and one private, which both serve to anchor the home. Rotating the massing of the house effectively creates opportunities for grand vistas, intimate spaces, and - something that is rare in this neighborhood - a flat area for a pool and a backyard for the family’s two young children.
Upon main entry from the street at the third floor level, a light-filled foyer invites guests up the grand stairway to the top level great room which features the main living area, dining, and kitchen, as well as an office and a terrace pocket slider doors that disappear to reveal expansive ocean views.
A private walkway which extends from the kitchen to a private crow’s nest and outdoor firepit is flanked by an herb garden, creating an intimate space for family gathering.