McElroy Residence | Ehrlich Architects

Description by Ehrlich Architects:

Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac in a private southern California beach community, this house occupies a site with spectacular vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

The house is an expansive series of spaces underneath a giant floating horizontal plane which is supported on stone masses, wood walls, and slender steel columns. Oversized sliding glass doors pocket completely away to dissolve the physical boundaries between interior and exterior, creating an uninterrupted flow from the rear courtyard through the main living space to the pool area, all against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

The compound is entered along a fifty-foot long sustainable-growth hardwood (ipe) wall. Guest and children’s bedrooms open onto a protected courtyard in the rear, while the master suite commands a layered view over the swimming pool and seascape beyond. The master bath opens onto its own private meditation garden.

Massive walls of stacked limestone are a counterpoint to the structure’s strong horizontality, becoming fireplaces indoors. A variety of outdoor living and entertaining spaces are formed by stone floors that extend outside, in composition with ipe decks, concrete and landscaping. The main garden space includes a pool, with an adjacent sitting area with fireplace sheltered by a roof canopy.

Design Office: Ehrlich Architects

Location: Laguna Beach, California, Usa

Photographs: Miranda Brackett & Roger Davies 

Boxenbaum Residence | Ehrlich Architects

Description by Ehrlich Architects:

Situated on a sloping corner lot across from an elementary school, the Boxenbaum House orients itself away from two perimeter streets towards rear and side outdoor spaces and gardens for privacy and serenity. The home’s principle function, other than the primary residence of a couple with grown children, is to create a gallery for the work of noted artist Kharlene Boxenbaum. To do this, the design maximizes large wall expanses bathed in ambient light – an ideal environment for showcasing art.

The composition of the Boxenbaum house is a dance of cubic volumes, vertical stucco masses and floating roof planes that reinforce the direct and open nature of the floorplan. The largest volumes are wood construction and clad in stucco, while the metal planes are thin slices constructed of bonderized steel fascias that cantilever past the window line and protect the glass from direct sun and rain. Interior materials consist of stone and wood floors. Elements of the vertical stucco masses also enter into the house and form sculptural backdrops for the fireplaces.

Design Office: Ehrlich Architects

Location: Beverly Hills, California, Usa

Photographs: Juergen Nogai