This residence is set in the Coastal Hillside Landscape of Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, California. Situated at the top of Buck Gully the view from the residence looks down the length of Buck Gully out over Little Corona Beach with Catalina Island dominating the horizon.
As one enters the site down a circular stair the view can be anticipated. As you enter through the glass entry the view opens up through the entire west facing wall with Catalina Island predominating the ocean’s horizon.
The conceptual plan design of the residence is to cascade down the hillside, reflecting the cascading sound of the rain water streaming down Buck Gully.
The main circular stair anchors the residence to the site as it cascades down the hillside. The main radius walls emanate from the main circular stair having their center points at the center point of the stair. The stair was designed to encapsulate a circular wine cellar / display case. Unfortunately the wine cellar / display case was not constructed.
The main circular stair provides access to all three levels. The back stair services the lower and main level. The bedroom / bath at the lower level was designed to be a maid’s quarters, the back stair giving access to the main level without passing through the master suite.
The master suite features a gas fireplace, a Jacuzzi tub, a steam room and a dry sauna. The view dominates all the spaces of the master suite. A large deck compliments the access to the view and the ocean breezes. The wine cellar is discreetly situated behind the master closet. The circular wine cellar / display case was designed to emanate from this cellar.
The main level is one space featuring a wet bar, the kitchen, dining area and living room. Again the view dominates the entire space with a large deck complimenting access to the view and ocean breezes.. Two bedrooms, full bath and three car garage fill out the main level.
At the top of the main circular stair is the roof deck. The roof deck features a large sitting area, a Jacuzzi, barbeque and a putting green. . Again the view and ocean breezes are predominate.
The building’s white exterior, in the words of Master Architect Richard Meir:
“White is the most wonderful color because with it you can see all the colors of the rainbow. The whiteness of white is never just white; it is almost always transformed by light and that which is changing, the sky, the clouds, the sun and the moon.”