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Atalaya House / Alberto Kalach

  • 01:00 - 20 September, 2012
Atalaya House / Alberto Kalach
Atalaya House / Alberto Kalach, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +66

  • Architects

    Alberto Kalach, Adriana León, Emanuel Ramirez, Gustavo Lipkau
  • Location

    California, United States
  • Area

    1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Consultants

    George Sultanyan, Steven Learner Studio, Kent Horner
  • General contractor

    Wardell Builders
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

From the architect. A house for a singular couple on an extraordinary site. Inserted on the top of a narrow ridge, the house overlooks the Pacific Ocean, the valleys and the distant mountains. A 360 degree view to enjoy the horizon, the sunrise and the sunset. The distant rumor of the town and highway is filtered through the slope of woods that surrounds the place.

Top Floor Plan
Top Floor Plan

Sie Plan Floor Plan Sections Sections +66

The house, conceived as a series of terraces stepping down, is discovered step by step, space by space, revealing different atmospheres and different views into the distance, or to intimate gardens and patios. A receiving shaded garden, a small chamber as an entry hall, the large art gallery with indirect light that leads to the living room as the main terrace. Behind, the dining room with a light well, the family room as a bridge, the swimming pool terrace, …the pool table under the sky pool, the library, studio, bedrooms… all of them with different space and light qualities, interconnected in changing sequences.

© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +66

Simple horizontal lines echoing the horizon and a palette of few noble materials, concrete, traventine, wood and stainless steel, selected carefully between client and architect, creates a tranquil ambience to live in surrounded by nature.

© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani
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Hamed Farhadi · November 08, 2012

what a great wood for walls!

Jesus G Acosta · September 25, 2012

gran proyecto... felicidades de nuevo a Kalach

sadaf · September 24, 2012

tank you

Martin Hedin · September 24, 2012

Awesome quality of spaces, and extraordinary relationship between interior and exterior.

I would like to see more architecture of this quality but for other uses, the size of the project would be enough for 10 families.

One thing I do not understand is section 03. Did they dig up all that soil, and made a resistant structure to then fill in on top of the concrete? I have seen students trying to do this only to be yelled at by the professors. Not economical nor logical.

Blake · September 22, 2012

THIS is the inspiration I need!!! This is an amazing project. I love the cast concrete, I love the industrial look, and the rari in the carport!!

Mike Bond · September 21, 2012

Tits on AD!!! That's more than enough for me. ;)
The house is with no doubts a masterpiece, but, imho, a bit luxurious (what by no means doesn't diminish it's beauty). I'm, curious about, who was the client.

Efrain · September 21, 2012


Scott Smith · September 20, 2012

this is a masterpiece, thank you for sharing


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