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The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA

  • 01:00 - 11 September, 2013
The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA
The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA, © Matthew Segal
© Matthew Segal

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© Matthew Segal

From the architect. The Cresta is a 5,300 sq foot single-family residence designed and constructed entirely out of cast in place concrete on a 5,000 sq ft lot in the Lower Hermosa region of La Jolla, CA .  The house’s three stories, one below and two above grade, are accented by floor to ceiling glass and large open expanses to the outdoors. 

© Matthew Segal
© Matthew Segal

Beginning as solid form the final product still maintains that form instead through roof planes and vertical walls that create both interior and exterior volumes.  Due to the unordinary small property in an area with typical properties three to four times the size every square foot was important. The exterior room was a key element in  creating a home that otherwise would have felt small feel larger and more private that it is. While this space creates a void the buildings overall form is kept intact.  All four corners remain with walls and roof planes to define the original box of the residence.

© Matthew Segal
© Matthew Segal

Adjacent to the front of the structure a reflecting and swimming pool has been integrated into the overall design of the project for thermal cooling and create the perception of floating.

© Matthew Segal
© Matthew Segal

Due to the large expanses of operable glass, the thermal mass of the concrete, sun shading and the insulating effect of the pool the 6.5kw solar array on the roof accomplishes supplying nearly 100% of the homes required power.

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
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Reder!c · November 30, 2016

Nice design and "cool" glassy look. But how much of the time would the curtains be drawn for simple privacy concerns? My guess is most of the time. What we see in the photos is not really how the house would appear when occupied.

liam · September 16, 2013

Shhhhh croc. lets see some of your work

Croco Dile · September 16, 2013 09:07 PM

Just klick on my name !

wawalalal · September 12, 2013

i really wanna know how this cantilever part construction way ?!!
its looks like precast or composite structure !!!
i mean the upstairs part not the land part coz i know its supported with the side col. its great design i like it so <3

Ross · March 05, 2015 07:42 PM

Probably pre-stressed

Croco Dile · September 12, 2013

I really like the minimalism and those clean details, just there are too many gray walls for my comfort. But the client may be happy....

Pawel · March 05, 2015 12:42 PM

The architect is the client, from what I know... So I'm sure he's happy


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