A premier living/entertaining space that transforms into an open exterior platform with boundless views
Capturing the beautiful weather of Southern California and the unobstructed ocean views of La Jolla,
2inns explore the spatial qualities of a continuous interior-exterior space in the private realms of two
identical adjacent houses.
Though the private and public domain is clearly defined, the distinct presence of the two volumes is
meant to encourage a sentient response to the natural and built environment of the neighborhood.
Stepped back from the street, the houses carve into the existing topography. The exposed C.I.P.
concrete sub-level forms the Base that extends from the front lawn to the hill in the back, opening a
dramatic ‘light well’ in the work/play area. Elevated from the street, the Main level is enclosed by twentyfive
full height glass panels, which slide away on an automated track, creating a continuous open plane
that connects the back garden to the ocean views.
This feature transforms the kitchen, living and dining areas into a complete exterior space while
maintaining privacy from the street. A suspended Ipe wood clad top level performs as the Canopy. This
wood ‘jewel box’ houses the sleeping quarters and frames the water views while providing shade to the
The strong relationship to the terrain and the views from the site allow 2inns to remain anchored while
projecting outward. Formally, the spatial arrangement is defined by the materiality of each volume and
the use of negative space. The public realm transforms into a void that slices the buildings horizontally,
further accentuating the concrete and wood-clad masses of the remaining spaces.