Architecture by Alexander Gorlin Architects
Interior design by David Scott Interiors
From Alexander Gorlin Architects:
This 1114.8m² beach house sits on a sandy rise between the Atlantic Ocean and an inland bay.
The roof terrace offers the rare opportunity of being able to watch the sun rise and set from the same lounge chairs. Upon seeing the views, Gorlin recalled “Janus, the Roman god of doorways and beginnings, who has two heads that gaze in opposite direction.”
Thus inspired, he planned a residence with two radically different facades that seem to belong to different houses. From the shore, one sees a monumental, single-storey rectangle of white limestone whose planes echo the horizon.
A cantilvered zinc awning stretches from the roof out over the poolside terrace to create what Gorlin refers to as a sun loggia.
This shades a wall of glass that is punctuated by a door and window frames, deflecting the sun’s glare from the first floor’s open-plan living area and master bedroom suite.
The massive white stone edifice seems to float weightlessly between the sky and water.
The home’s entrance, which faces the bay side, is a two-storey glass gallery that bisects the main volume. It is framed by two substantial volumes, both clad in a Afromosia wood.