Baja California villa

Located on the dramatic Baja California Sur shoreline, the architect behind this home needed to balance opposing influences of biomes, cultures, and design

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The living area faces out to the beach

Architect: Kevin B. Howard Architects

About the project (text supplied): The newly finished Villa is set in the dramatic shorelines of the Baja California Sur, providing the challenge to create balance from opposing influences of biomes, cultures, and design. The traditional and regional character of Baja, Mexico, melds with a minimalist, contemporary lifestyle.


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The fireplace sits off to the side of the living area

Emphasis was placed on siting to create a house that rests low on the landscape while merging with the surrounding regions. Despite its low profile, the home is arranged to take advantage of the temperate climate and the abundance of natural light through careful arranging of the thin roof forms and strategic transparency through the main entry axis.

The rectilinear module of the house is softened through repetition and layering of the program elements. Edges and boundaries are diffused by wide glass panes. Through these ephemeral borders the complex landscape unrolls in a contradictory vista of rugged red-rock desert cathedrals and lush marine reserve, showcasing the shifting presence of the Sierra de la Giganta mountains. Heavy masses bolster the structure, and that juxtaposition of thick masonry walls and thin contemporary horizontals reinforce the theme of balance and openness.

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No shortage of shower options in this bathroom

The interior volumes are also defined by a sense of contrast between the strong modern lines of the casework and the rich textures of locally sourced art and craftsmanship. Natural site cut stone finishes and gleaming linearity recall distinctions between the arid rock cliffs and the biological abundance of the Bahia de Loreto Marine Life Preserve.

Mar 07, 2018
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