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Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach
United States Architecture News - Sep 15, 2015 - 14:13 5764 views
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Vault House designed by JohnStonMarklee, is situated on a densely developed Californian beach site and challenges the standard prime, single-view typology by applying a strategy of complex layering of transparent interior spaces. With a series of stacked and unidirectional vaults contained within a simple solid mass, the parallel orientation of the rooms within the house becomes a filter that emphasizes the continuation of the oceanfront view from the beachfront façade to the street.
Similar to the paradigm of a shotgun-house, the singular direction of the vaults maximizes the connection of all spaces within a deep building, meanwhile incorporating the ideal exterior landscape of the ocean and horizon. JohnStonMarklee is also among the participants of 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
The project received two prestigious awards: Next LA Honor Award | A.I.A Los Angeles, October, 2011 and Design Award Citation | A.I.A. Los Angeles, October, 2014