1950s beachside getaway is transformed into a sculptural new home

Raised above the sand with decks cantilevered out the front, this revamped holiday home seems to hover over the surf

Designing a house to make the most of a view is not an unusual objective for an architect. But what makes this project different is the spectacular nature of the site and architect Mark Dziewulski's dramatic response to it.

The owners were attracted to the site as soon as they saw it. Positioned at the end of the long open stretch of Malibu Beach, it had no home next to it, giving the potential for wide Pacific Ocean views on three sides.

Being the end house also made it highly visible to the 50,000 cars that pass each day on the Pacific Coast Highway, which hugs the coastline at this point.

"All of this meant that I could make something dramatic and sculptural that would be seen," says Dziewulski.

What wasn't so attractive, though, was the existing building one of the inexpensively built weekend getaways on the beach dating back to the 1950s and 60s.

The house had been strangely planned with a number of small spaces.

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Architect Mark Dziewulski designed an angled structure that gives this house a machine-like appearance reminiscent of yachts and cranes, and allows it to hover over of the surf.

"Moving the third bedroom upstairs allowed the ground floor to be opened up completely for the new living, dining and kitchen area.

"These main spaces open up towards the surf with a wall of glass and extensive cantilevered decks with fire pits," says Dziewulski. "Having this indoor-outdoor connection plus flexibility for entertaining was very important for the owners."

In the compact design, the master suite occupies one side of the second level, with two guest bedrooms and their ensuites in the other half of the space.

To make the outlooks as expansive as possible on both levels, the architect designed an angled structure for the home so that the glazed facades are unobstructed.

"The design evokes memories of yachts and cranes, as a raised form hanging over the sea. It appears almost machine-like as though the floors have been lifted and hoisted over the waves.

"It is literally cantilevered over the surf, which passes beneath it at high tide."

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Materials such as the white Calacatta Gold marble countertop, the stone veneer wall in the entranceway and oak floors throughout create a natural ambience for the interiors of this beachside home.

In contrast, the street side of the house is more private and sheltered, apart from double height glazing in the entrance which allows light into the centre of the house and gives views to hills at the back.

Care was taken during the construction process to ensure there was minimal impact on the site.

"It was built on the footings of the existing structure, so we didn't need to touch the beach or disturb the natural environment.

"We recycled framing and structure, and transformed them into something entirely new saving a lot of landfill."

Credit list

Mark Dziewulski Architect
Interior decorator
Jennice Tronciale, Tronciale Design
Wood floors
White oak 8 plank from Du Chateau
Dining room
Arc table and Glove Chairs from Molteni Italia; Big Bang light fixture
Master bedroom
Crescent bed by Camerich; Le Corbusier vintage chaise; B&B Italia ottoman
Entry light feature
Oh Mei Ma Weiss by Ingo Maurer
Bath fittings
Boffi Fukasawa
Freestanding bath tub
Victoria and Albert Barcelona
Bathroom floor
Honed Basaltina from Stone Source
Structural engineer
Bruce Resnick, Parker Resnick
Sliding doors and windows
Stone wall at staircase
Hera Veneer stone from Soli Architectural Surfaces
Living room
Holiday sofa, Panna Cotta coffee table by Molteni Italia; Gio Ponte grey armchair; Dada Stools, Domino side tables and Landscape brown leather lounge chair from B&B Italia; Low Pad Cappellini leather chair by Jasper Morrison
Outdoor furniture
West Elm chaise lounge, West Elm chairs and in and out long bench by Capellini
Kitchen countertop
White Calacatta Gold Marble from Stone Source
Range, oven, coffee maker
Sink fixtures
Electric TV/mirror
Nova 4
Tub wall
Statuary bookmatched marble slabs

Story by: Paul Taylor

Photography by: Nico Marques

24 Nov, 2019

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