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Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach

United States Architecture News - Sep 15, 2015 - 14:13   5573 views

Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach

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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.

Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach

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

Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach

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

Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach

Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach

Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach

Vault House stands alone in the middle of California beach

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