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This residence on a prominent site overlooking the Pacific Ocean is horseshoe-shape in plan. Curving on the inside and outside faces, the house looks in both directions: in to a courtyard and out to the ocean. Next, take a look inside.
At the entrance, the inside of the house is open to the forecourt, but it closes off a view of the courtyard. One must follow the curve to have this central cradled space revealed to them.
At one end of the horseshoe is a living space open on both sides. This space overlooks both the courtyard and the ocean.
Similar to the previous example, this house has railings following a curve. But in this case they are found on a second-floor roof terrace. Get a closer view, next.
Here we see the curving portion in the foreground, but it's apparent the house is an L-shaped plan with the curve filling in the corner of the "L." This creates that roof terrace and also brings the rooms towards the lake that the house overlooks.
While the exterior looks out through glass walls to the trees, the interior is focused on a structural column. The wood beams radiating from this spot make the shape of the house clear, as well as one's position within the plan.
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