Davisson Residence on Capistrano Beach

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Davisson Residence on Capistrano Beach

House right on the Beach, California, USA – design by Lehrer Architects

2 Sep 2016

Davisson Residence

Location: Capistrano Beach, California, United States of America

Design: Lehrer Architects

Davisson Residence on Capistrano Beach

Davisson Residence

The program of the Davisson Residence called for a three-bedroom house, with a study and a guestroom, on the 437 square meter site — a flat, narrow, beachfront “urban” lot with minimal side yard setbacks. The charge to the architect was to maximize space and to fully exploit the presence of the beach and ocean and the dramatic vistas they afford.

Davisson Residence

Davisson Residence

The solution was to create a grand, curved, processional datum wall which establishes appropriate degrees of privacy and pries itself (along with the shifted axis) from the straightjacket of the site geometry. The public zone then is framed, opened, and dematerialized as an object, rendering it both of and apart from the beach.

Davisson Residence Davisson Residence

The house is at its full buildable width at the street; entry is at the minimum sideyard squeeze. The procession along the curve widens to allow room for the entry door, then continues to open the great room entirely to the ocean. The bedroom is glazed on four sides, three with ocean views. There are direct and oblique views of the ocean from virtually the entire house.

Davisson Residence

“Slice of Heaven: Despite having to work with a narrow piece of beachfront, architect Michael Lehrer was able to create a roomy house by making the most of natural elements…the sky, sea and sand. Light is the centerpiece”
– Kathryn Bold, Los Angeles Times

Davisson Residence

Davisson Residence

Design Award of Merit
The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter

Design Honor Award
The American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter

Davisson Residence on Capistrano Beach – Building Information

Architecture Firm: Lehrer Architects
Cost & Scope: $1.2 million USD; 371 square meters on a 8.5m wide lot
Completed: 1994

Davisson Residence

Photography: Michael Arden

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