fougeron architecture builds the fall house next to the pacific ocean fougeron architecture builds the fall house next to the pacific ocean
apr 27, 2014

fougeron architecture builds the fall house next to the pacific ocean

‘fall house’ by fougeron architecture, big sur, california, united states
image © joe fletcher
all images courtesy of fougeron architecture

 

 

 ‘I placed a jar in tennessee,
and round it was, upon a hill.
it made the slovenly wilderness
surround that hill.

the wilderness rose up to it,
and sprawled around, no longer wild.
the jar was round upon the ground
and tall and of a port in air.

it took dominion every where.
the jar was gray and bare.
it did not give of bird or bush,
like nothing else in tennessee.’

—wallace stevens, ‘anecdote of the jar’

 

 

in a scarcely known, typically overcrowded, yet mystical area of the california coast along big sur, san francisco-based studio fougeron architecture has completed a single family residence on an almost impossible sloped site butting up against the pacific ocean. the fall house possesses all the expected trappings of a typical residence: three bedrooms, kitchen, dining, living and office areas- organized within a linear transparent construction broken up in section next to a 250-foot drop to the almost non-existent beach below. what seems like an ordinary structure from the images provided proves to be a rather complex and unexpected form. half of the house is cantilevered due to the challenging properties of the site, but also in an effort to preserve the beautifully harsh environment.

 

 

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entrance and upper terrace
image © joe fletcher

 

 

 

two solid volumes are connected by a transparent library/den, stepping down in a series of tiers, so that from the top of the structure one can see clear down to the lowest level in an unobstructed space. apart from the visual vibrancy of the scheme, the organization also offers natural ventilation. employing a heat stack effect, automated shutters constantly filter hot air out of the upper-most volume, therefore sucking in colder air from the lower areas.

 

 

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image © joe fletcher

 

 

a concrete wing grounded onto the side of the slope contains a guest room, service functions, and a green roof, almost anchoring the flying structure. the various volumes are also rendered in very different materials: the southern form clad in copper to protect the interior spaces from direct sunlight, while the northern is left in a vulnerable glass extending unparalleled views.

 

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living area
image © joe fletcher

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central library clad in glass panels
images © joe fletcher

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images © joe fletcher

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bedroom
image © joe fletcher

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image © joe fletcher

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kitchen and dining area
image © joe fletcher

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skylight
images © joe fletcher

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exterior porch
image © joe fletcher

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in context
image © joe fletcher

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image © joe fletcher

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image © joe fletcher

 

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  • Wooowww!

    Barbara Maragni says:
  • This house pays hommage to its site. This apart, it’s just brilliant.

    Coursaget says:
  • No doubt a beautiful work of architecture. It raises an interesting and important question though about building in pristine environments. Though it’s clear great thought was put into siting this structure, the Wallace Stevens poem almost seems intended to justify plopping our man-made creations in these pristine locales– that somehow it gives these places a greater “context”. I don’t want to pretend to have an answer, but it seems a question worth asking… continually.

    Steven says:
  • Damn! That is a beautiful house, perfectly imagined in its setting….

    Peta Becker says:
  • Thats an amazing project! Definitely will keep it in mind! 😉

    Alentejo Surf Camp says:
  • I want it ! 😀

    Susi Kristianti says:
  • Inspiring. I think that’s what’s important when you design something.

    Mine says:
  • What about privacy?

    G G says:
  • Every concept seems remarkable , just one question , what about privacy ? I mean the inhabitants will at one point feel the need of a closed environment , what then ?

    Shubham says:

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