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SeaCrest, California, United States

Thursday 26 Aug 2010

A lesson in C-shaped homes

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07/09/10 RLM, Washington, DC
Hmmm... massive walls, gated courtyards, galleried lookout towers.... could easily be converted to a luxurious minimum security prison for the perpetrators of the next financial crisis.
01/09/10 Auerbach, Chevy Chase
Nah, not Wrightian in any way. His plan phiowsphy almost every time put the fireplace at the center of criculation, So that one always had to walk AROUND IT ! Not sit in front of it!!!
01/09/10 Dorin B., Sibiu,Ro
The houses respect regional themes, ground-floor plan even remembers Wright's attitude.
I only want to see the masterplan of that community. Does it sound "urban sprawl" ?


Private residence in Crystal Cove blends intimate interiors with sheltered courtyards 

SeaCrest is a secluded residential build by Robert Hidey Architects, situated in the private community of Crystal Cove, California. The project reflects the American architect’s favour for C-shaped homes, as the structural elements are arranged in interconnected units around a series of sheltered courtyards. On entrance through rich wrought iron gates, residents are welcomed by a hearty fireplace and small covered portico which form a private exterior entry vestibule.

Through a series of arches the first courtyard forms the second transitional space, bordered by the bedroom suites which in turn lead to the main courtyard through an arched portal. This central entry point opens out to reveal a grand internal space lined with yet more arcades and arches. Not one for the minimalists, Robert Hidey Architects’ SeaCrest project manifests itself in a flurry of domes and cloisters, blending aspects of intimacy and affluence in an unapologetic display of architectural confidence.

Whilst the majority of the residence remains on single-storey level, a 3-storey tower provides an additional private retreat from the Master Bedroom suite. At the summit a secluded top-level space showcases panoramic views across the Pacific.

Sian Disson
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