The courtyard layout of this 8,800-square-foot house was dictated by local zoning laws that called for a completely enclosed swimming pool. The architects broke the plan into two parts: one large block to the south and a separate guest house with four bedrooms to the north and the pool between the two pavilions. A beveled framework of white stucco encloses the box-like form of the main house. The surface is broken up on the north side by a limestone cube that penetrates the glass membrane and steps into the swimming pool at a skewed angle. The opaque cube contains laundry room and mechanical systems, but also serves as anchor for the minimal steel staircase that leads up to the main living-dining area raised high enough to gain views over the dune towards the ocean. An opaque teak volume also projects from the second level and provides a privacy screen for the master bedroom suite. A free-standing wall of rough-cut Alabama limestone closes off the eastern end of the pool terrace and continues right through the body of the main house as a compositional element, leading the eye towards the beach. In contrast to the rectilinear form of the main structure, the guest house features a curving facade of white Alaskan cedar that creates a sense of movement as it projects out to the bayside of the two-acre property.

“A courtyard house placed between ocean and bay.”