When presented with a dreamy beach house to view, my mind wanders first and foremost to how well the design has captured the accompanying natural view. Rarely do I consider how durable a home is, or how well a home will adapt to future global warming. But with the topical issue of coastal erosion and rising sea levels, maybe it’s high time I should. Ahead, discover how a contemporary beach house in Malibu is built to withstand the effects of climate change. Keep reading to find out more.
“The goal of the project is to design for longevity, and to address how, through an adept approach to materiality and form, the house can be sustainable throughout multiple decades.” – LOHA
Not Your Average Beach House
Situated along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, House Noir ain’t your average beach house. Clad in black aluminum siding, the overall aesthetic of this Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) design is more futuristic modern than beachy bohemian.
This modern beach house sits 20 feet above the shoreline, allowing for the integration of a seawall and deep caisson foundation. In the event of a natural disaster, the site is capable of absorbing the energy of the sea instead of being battered by it.
The corrosive sea air, which can deteriorate metals and slowly peel away paint, has been addressed by wrapping the building in non-corrosive aluminum and a generous coat of resilient rustproof paint.
“Other than addressing issues of climate and ecology, new parameters for building next to the ocean informed the design approach. LOHA’s design is therefore a byproduct of new code requirements.” – LOHA.
Views on Views
While durability was key to this project, that doesn’t mean the issue of aesthetics was done away with completely. On the contrary, floor-to-ceiling glass windows harness the prominent ocean views, providing maximal natural light to all interior spaces.
The trapezoidal shape of the site offers an opportunity for views down the coast from the interior of the house. To make the most of this, LOHA installed angled balconies on the first and second levels. Big sliding doors complete the look, amplifying that all important indoor-outdoor living experience.
Staircase to Heaven
Inside, a central open floating staircase with perforated metal treads and risers dominates the open plan living spaces. The overall result is a glorious stream of natural light filtering down from the rooftop through the core of the house.
Minimalist white reigns supreme, complemented by a curated collection of mid-century modern furniture pieces for added warmth. I especially love the contrast of these two styles together. It’s at once unexpected yet innately instinctive, each one balancing the other to a tee.
Indoor Outdoor Living
Indoor outdoor living is without doubt one of the most important aspects of this modern beach house. But what happens when you get a room with no access to the outside?
The answer lies in cavernous double height spaces punctuated with impressive street view windows. You’ll notice that the windows sit on a slight angle. This helps to maintain privacy whilst still allowing for good ventilation and a generous helping of light.
The Ultimate Contemporary Beach House?
With no rattan or palm tree accents in sight, House Noir embodies a new contemporary take on the beach house. The home exudes effortless Malibu cool with a hint of understated glamour, all while boasting resilience and durability enough to withstand the wrath of climate change. Aesthetically and practically, LOHA might just have created the ultimate contemporary beach house.