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2Inns / Sebastian Mariscal Studio

  • 01:00 - 7 July, 2009
2Inns / Sebastian Mariscal Studio
2Inns / Sebastian Mariscal Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    La Jolla, San Diego, CA, United States
  • Architect

    Sebastian Mariscal Studio
  • Designer & Builder

    Sebastian Mariscal Studio
  • Design Team

    Dominique Houriet & Sebastian Mariscal
  • Structural Engineering

    Omar Mobayed
  • Area

    412.5 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Capturing the beautiful weather of Southern California and the unobstructed ocean views of La Jolla, 2inns explore the spatial qualities of a continuous interior-exterior space in the private realms of two identical adjacent houses.

Though the private and public domain is clearly defined, the distinct presence of the two volumes is meant to encourage a sentient response to the natural and built environment of the neighborhood.

Stepped back from the street, the houses carve into the existing topography. The exposed C.I.P. concrete sub-level forms the Base that extends from the front lawn to the hil l in the back, opening a dramatic ‘light well' in the work/play area. Elevated from the street, the Main level is enclosed by twenty-f ive ful l height glass panels, which slide away on an automated track, creating a continuous open plane that connects the back garden to the ocean views. This feature transforms the kitchen, living and dining areas into a complete exterior space whi le maintaining privacy from the street. A suspended IPE wood clad top level performs as the Canopy. This wood ‘jewel box' houses the sleeping quarters and frames the water views whi le providing shade to the space below.

The strong relationship to the terrain and the views from the site allows 2inns to remain anchored whi le projecting outward. Formally, the spatial arrangement is defined by the material ity of each volume and the use of negative space. The public realm transforms into a void that slices the buildings horizontal ly, further accentuating the concrete and wood-clad masses of the remaining spaces.

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Jo Tweedie · October 25, 2010

wish I Lived In A House Like This stunning

mark schumacher · October 25, 2010

there&#39s something beautiful and kinda creepy about this home.

Hair Eguiluz Ricalde · October 18, 2010

In this house i like everything, have a perfect geometry and perfect design.

magic · July 08, 2009

its a spectacular project in one of the most conservative areas in California, Sebastian & Dominique should be applauded for building this extraordinary piece of architecture.

JuanLuisBurke · July 08, 2009

I just dont see this as being very exciting, sorry. There are a gazillion houses looking like this from Santiago all the way to Ljubljana.

And by the way, since when is La Jolla, California located in Mexico?

holz · July 08, 2009

you can buy it for a cool $3.6 million

Architecture Feeds · July 07, 2009

2Inns / Sebastian Mariscal Studio:
Architect: Sebastian Mariscal Studio Location: La Jolla, Ca..
(Via @archdaily)

Scarpasez · July 07, 2009

Lovely project: great materials, elegant plans, clear and thoughtful sections sections, direct and effective concept...but oh, to have year-round warm, dry, bugless air everywhere! I am a bit curious about how the code officer interpreted those front steps without a handrail...

Simon · July 07, 2009

Nice work, when I first saw this I thought it might be anywhere else than San Diego where all the houses look the same, You guys seem to be diferent from everybody. I Also took a look at your web page, exelent materials exploration, spaciality and Architecture style takin in consideration the context where you work (SOCA)!

Archlad · July 07, 2009 10:59 PM

Agree with you Simon, nice work indeed!!


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