Situated on a beach enclave along Southern California’s Gold Coast, the contemporary residence located at 3443 Padaro Lane can be reached via a long gated driveway leading to a vivid red entrance door. “Upon entry, you are drawn into widening views of sand and surf as rooms unfold to stunning views. Elegant white oak floors and windows framing ocean views provide an elegant palette for exquisite art and fine furnishings. Comfort, privacy, and a serene sense of luxury surround you in this “open” floor plan. The entry level offers a private bedroom opening to an interior courtyard, a great room that encompasses a step up living room with windows above the sand, a comfortable dining area next to the outside entertainment deck along the beach, and a chef’s kitchen with every amenity, as well as a two bedroom wing with access to the outside for walks on the beach.
The upper level is reminiscent of a New York style loft with huge gallery like space and rooms with no beginning and no end. You move from a light filled office with large picture windows framing the coral trees at the entrance and an intimate second level private sun deck with fireplace to the closet area (without enclosures) to the bathroom with its fireplace and large glass shower overlooking the beach and finally to the spacious master bedroom itself.” This description from the real estate agent encompasses the stunning interiors of this boundary-free home. Rising from a lusciously manicured garden, eucalyptus, oak and cypress trees create nature-inspired surroundings that shape a heavenly outdoor space. Extensive use of glass allows the interiors to capture different views of the garden, creating an intimate connection to the adjacent nature.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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