Project Overview

The Crest Residence was designed to display the amazing view of San Diego's Mission Bay. The front facade is minimalist, protective of the interior + backyard view. A large sliding gate encases an exterior courtyard off the guest bedroom + office on the ground level.

Capitalizing on an Amazing View

The layout of this home was a function of the amazing view to San Diego's Mission Bay.

Passive Cooling

Large western roof cantilevers provide shade on the large retractable glass doors. Additionally, the in-ground pool keeps the interior temperature down through evaporative cooling.

Interior - Exterior spaces

This home is designed to completely open up to the back yard via 10' tall retractable multi-slide door systems.

The Property

After entering through the front door, guests are treated to only a hint of the bay view, creating intrigue. The view opens up as guests progress through the home into the kitchen or living room areas, both of which are designed as indoor-outdoor spaces with floor-to-ceiling retractable doors.

The 2nd floor extends beyond the ground floor to provide shading on the large glass doors below. An angled 'V' post supports the oversized balcony off the master bedroom suite.  

Crest Residence floor plans

Key Design Concepts

The home is designed around 3 parallel walls which have been strategically staggered to better display the view. The parity created by these walls is displayed throughout the home, down to the smallest detail.  

Key Design Concepts

The home is designed around 3 parallel walls which have been strategically staggered to better display the view. The parity created by these walls is displayed throughout the home, down to the smallest detail.  
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1

Site Analysis

Although this looks like new construction, this project was a full remodel + a 50% addition of square footage. We choose to classify the project this way to avoid permit complications. Additionally, we extended the roof lines to cover exterior spaces making the interior extend outward.

During the Site Analysis phase we carefully noted the locations of existing exterior walls (San Diego uses the length of these walls to determine if the project is classified as a remodel/addition or as new construction).

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Schematic Design

During our Site Analysis phase we realized that the existing home was supported by 2 parallel exterior walls. The addition would require a new load-bearing wall to support the 2nd floor + add additional space for the kitchen.

Once we determined that the 3 parallel load bearing walls would be the most straight forward way to support the home, we explored options of staggering those walls. Through this study we found that if we progressively staggered each wall it created the best views, allowing western + southern views of Mission Bay.

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Design Development

In our Design Development phase we continued to work through our staggered wall concept. We fine-tuned the floor plan so that the 2nd floor cantilevered over the 1st floor, which provides shade from the hard western sun.  

We also designed large multi-slide door systems in both the living room + kitchen. These doors open to connect the backyard + pool area to these indoor spaces. We also designed the iconic V-shaped post which holds up the master bedroom balcony on the 2nd floor.

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Construction Documents

As we moved the project into our Construction Document phase we tried to display our 3 wall idea from the Schematic Design, showing the macro-scale concept throughout the smaller project details.

We specified cabinetry in the living room which was representative of this, as well as cabinet pulls in the kitchen. Even the doors have 3 parallel lines etched into them. Also in this phase we worked with our Structural Engineer, planning the structure + preparing for permitting + construction.

Front view of Crest Residence

A Clean, Minimalist Exterior

The Crest Residence was designed to display the amazing view of San Diego's Mission Bay. The front facade is minimalist, protective of the interior + backyard view. A large sliding gate encases an exterior courtyard off the guest bedroom + office on the ground level.

Crest Residence view of pool

Interior / Exterior Space

After entering through the front door, guests are treated to only a hint of the bay view, creating intrigue. The view opens up as guests progress through the home into the kitchen or living room areas, both of which are designed as indoor-outdoor spaces with floor-to-ceiling retractable doors.  

Crest Residence view of san diego bay

An Amazing View of the San Diego Bay

The home is designed around 3 parallel walls which have been strategically staggered to better display the view. The parti created by these walls is displayed throughout the home, down to the smallest detail.

Crest Residence minimalist bathroom
Crest Residence minimalist bathtub

A Modern Master Bathroom

The 2nd floor extends beyond the ground floor to provide shading on the large glass doors below.  An angled 'V' post supports the oversized balcony off the master bedroom suite.  

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