SUMMIT DRIVE



LOCATION: LAGUNA BEACH, CA

DATE: 1987

PROGRAM: SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE

SIZE: 3700 SF



On a steep and almost unbuildable site with a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and coastline, this house climbs vertically up the coastal slope. The house is carved into the hillside, following the contours of the site. Bedrock is literally chipped away to create stairs and terraces, allowing the building masses to clearly express their functions. From the garage level to the third floor, the interior stair and elevator mark the center of the house and the shortest distance to the top.

On the fourth and upper-most level, a platform is created which houses a light glassy structure with undulating roofs. Tent-like, this level has the most spectacular views and expansive terraces high above the noise of the street - sun and air floating freely through. The terrace is like an inhabited rooftop, housing the living and family rooms, as well as the kitchen and master bedroom. Below, the house consists of two major elements, a hovering stucco angle which holds the children’s rooms up in the air, and a grounded pilaster originating from the garage, which houses the staircase and studio spaces.

Adjacent is the garden level, which sits on a shelf of bedrock and holds the pool and gardens. The bedrock is used as a building material, out of which stairs and terraces are carved and sculpted, creating integration between site and form, use and vision.

Built from stucco over concrete block walls, wood-frame, and lightweight steel structure on top, the house uses photo-voltaic solar panels and a radiant heated floor to create a modern, energy efficient and comfortable home. The open plan allows for flexibility of use, and the elevator allows a quick climb.

CLIENT: Domenik Merz, Toni Mar, Steve Shipp

DESIGN TEAM: Mark Mack, Tim Sakamoto, Ariel Asken, Doug Myhr





FRONT VIEW

FRONT VIEW

FRONT VIEW

CONCEPT WATERCOLOR

CONCEPT WATERCOLOR

CONCEPT WATERCOLOR

VIEW FROM STREET

VIEW FROM STREET

VIEW FROM STREET

DETAIL

DETAIL

DETAIL

STAIR UP

STAIR UP

STAIR UP

TERRACE AT SUNSET

TERRACE AT SUNSET

TERRACE AT SUNSET

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

KITCHEN

KITCHEN

KITCHEN

WEST ELEVATION

WEST ELEVATION

WEST ELEVATION

RENDERING

RENDERING

RENDERING