House Porn: A Contemporary on the Strand in Manhattan Beach.

The community of Manhattan Beach is a quintessential beach community in Southern California. Quietly south of the more well-known Venice, Malibu and Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach residents include sports stars, up-and-coming film executives, and families who like living as close to the surf as possible.

The Strand is a walking and biking path along the beach that separates the sand from a row of houses with particularly perfect unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. The Strand is the dividing line between public beach, and private residences.

Along The Strand in Manhattan Beach are quite a few amazing contemporary private residences. In 2008 Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects, who designs museums and galleries, educational facilities, libraries, restaurants, urban plans and parks, community spaces, mixed-use developments, live-work environments, and private homes designed one particularly perfect contemporary along The Strand. Here is how FFP describes the home.

A play of form and material defines this ocean-side home that exudes feelings of serenity and contemplation. The owner’s interest in the emotive and formal qualities of Donald Judd’s minimalist sculpture guided FFP’s design. The architects broke up the massing of the house into three concrete cubes, each offset from the other, that progress down a slope toward the beach. The cubes—sometimes overlapping or linking—contain program elements for living and entertaining in a serene environment. This project was designed in collaboration with artist Roy McMakin of Domestic Architecture, whose development of much of the custom interior wood finishes and furniture heightens the impact of the minimal, monochromatic materials of exposed concrete and steel.

We think you can just call it perfect.

Images via FFP

 

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