Otter Cove Residence / Sagan Piechota Architecture

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Architects: Sagan Piechota Architecture
Location: Carmel, CA, USA
Principal in Charge: Daniel Piechota
Project Team: Jaeson Greer, Ben Frombgen
Collaborators: Mike Eggers, Tim Whitehill, Audrey Hitchcock, Jeremy Tsai
Interior Designer: Jorie Clark
Structural Engineer: Alex Rood, Fulcrum Engineering
Landscape: Christian Lemon
General Contractor: McLeod Construction
Project Year: 2005-2008
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

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Private cliffside residence just south of Carmel, California with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean.  10,000 sq ft curvilinear design composed of contrasting fields of glass, , steel and wood with interior and exterior landscaped ‘courtyards’.

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northeast elevation
northeast elevation

Upper Level: Four en-suite bedrooms, powder room, three-car garage. Open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms feature two fireplaces – expansive light exposure from both East and West directions. Lower Level: Offices, en-suite bedroom, screening room, gym, game room, bar & lounge.

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    Well integrated to the natural site. I love the natural flow of traffic inside and the visibility through the high level glazing. Well done.

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    The way light is brought into these spaces is phenomenal, as are the materialities. I also appreciate how moments gracefully avoid being compromised by the unrelenting curvilinearity. The only issue I had was with some of the ocean front edges. While I understand the reason for making them as transparent as possible, it seems the effect would be stronger if they were made out of something else besides just glass.

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    I am angered that you have photographed our secret island home. Now the Hood will know where we are.

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    There is so much to like about this project that I am really left to ponder why it isn’t better overall.

    The organic plan is nearly Lautneresque, alas without the maestro’s ability to dematerialize the fenestration. Instead we have a building that soars anchored to the ground with heavy-black -curtainwall windows.

    The treatment of daylight is remarkable, giving full credit to the crashing wave of the parti and every other aspect of this remarkable site.

    What I don’t understand is why that beautiful wave ceiling has to be miles and miles of white perforated with 65,000 light cans. Would it not have been possible to work with a lighting consultant to bring the level of illumination up to the calibre of the architecture?

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    The space fluency as visual as functional organic integrated at the same time to the site, that give a temperate and magisterial sound to the dwelling that am sure elevates and relaxes the spirit of whom inhabits it. Very well done.

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    that is a very nice architectural composition.and an appealing composition of materials in such away that attracts a clients.

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