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Pocket Glass House

Modern Architecture in Coronado

A transformation of the iconic glass house, this Pocket Glass House is a single-family home for a semi-retired professional couple with two grown children on a site overlooking Coronado, California’s picturesque Glorietta Bay. The project consists of a master suite, two guest bedrooms, two offices, a library, a media room, a wine cellar, abundant storage and subterranean parking—with turntable—for four cars. The clients’ wish to enjoy the open and unobstructed view of the bay is tempered by their equal need for shelter from neighboring homes. The psychological tension that unavoidably arises in the conflicting desires for maintaining a sense of privacy while taking in in the spectacular view creates a conceptual tug-of-war that serves as the engine that drives the project forward. This is particularly evident in the strategic deployment of clear, translucent or opaque glass walls as well as in the ways in which the paradigmatic modernist flat roof folds into walls to envelop the master suite and second floor library and office. While not literally typological the house learns from and pays homage to the planar and transparent non-walls of Mies van der Rohe’s well-known Farnsworth house as well as the undulating space-wrapping roof forms of Rudolph Schindler’s lesser known Kallis House.

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