This ethereal house in La Jolla, California is a series of contradictory and opposing components that come with each other to produce a harmonious and zen-like retreat. It is created of cast-in-place concrete and contains vast floor-to-ceiling windows that open the home up to the globe around it.
The Cresta from Jonathan Segal Architects balances the heaviness of concrete, the airiness of glass and open area, and the fluid serenity of water.
Operable glass on the ground floor produces an outdoor space. Provided the reasonably tiny dimension of the interior portion of the space, this feature adds a important amount of living area.
The home is surrounded on two sides by a reflecting/swimming pool which helps make the house appear to float on the water. The pool also provides the residence with passive cooling to decrease energy consumption.
Even the home’s concrete exterior serves a 2nd purpose: its thermal mass offers the house owners one more way to preserve their energy costs reduced. Furthermore, a 6.5kw soar array on the roof supplies almost all of the vitality the residence needs, generating this property not only stunning but superbly eco-friendly as well.