Prow House

This 4000sf house on the Mendocino coast occupies a 180' tall bluff that is bounded on three sides by the ocean and on the east by the Pacific Coast Scenic Highway. Major views are to the northwest, where coastal rock outcroppings provide a dramatic foreground to the distant ocean outlook.

The house takes the form of a low slung, windswept "L." The glazed, projecting corner, or "prow" of the house is aligned with a northwest facing outcropping and takes advantage of the dominant views in that direction. In contrast, the southwest corner of the house is a serene courtyard which is enclosed by the 'L' of the house and carved into the gently sloping bluff. This protected space includes a lap pool and garden which are shielded from the winds that buffet the site.

The house has a minimal impact on views from the highway as required by the California Coastal Commission. It is sited at the lowest portion of the site and maintains a low profile of 18' above average grade.
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The living room 'prow' cantilevers out toward a 180 foot tall bluff overlooking the Pacific Coastline about four hours north of San Francisco. Floor to ceiling aluminum clad wood windows take in the expansive view. a single concrete column anchors the space and supports the boradly sloping roof. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
“Pretty window pattern.” — stefharr
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The house is nearly invisible from the Pacific Coast Highway (to the delight of the California Coastal Commission) except for a brief glimpse as seen here. Exterior materials and colors were selected to blend with the surrounding landscape. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
“Blending external materials and colors” — Madeleine Punde
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A geotechnical setback keeps the house 50 feet from the 180 foot drop to the water. However, the living room is cantilevered out toward the bluff to become the glass 'prow' that overlooks the bluff and takes advantage of the views. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
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The 'prow' becomes a lantern at night. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
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A series of bedroom/bathroom 'suites' step up the gently sloping site beneath the continuous roof. Each has its own bay window that looks out to the view. Siding materials were selected to endure the harsh marine environment. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
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One enters the house by pasing along the edge of the courtyard beneath a partially glazed cedar pergola. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
“Trellis overhang along entry wall” — dominiqueld
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The house is entered and the inside corner of the courtyard. A lap pool is to the left. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
“wall color” — tapw
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The south facing courtyard is partially carved into the gently sloping site and enclosed by the house for protection from the winds. The dining room opens into the courtyard via wide french doors. The lap pool is centered on the dining room. The pool is painted black to give it the appearance of a reflecting pool and landscape element. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
“simple concrete just add some accent walls or pavers” — dakotakyd13
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The natural color and material palate continues inside the house. Daylight floods the living room, which has maple flooring and cabinets and slate fireplace surround. A study/home office is tucked behind the fireplace. Niches for artwork allow for accent colors throughout the house. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
“Joann & Steve firpace” — Jon Roberts
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The bedroom/bath suites are connected to the living space via a gallery. The gallery is ramped as each bedroom steps up the gently sloping site. The ramp will allow the client access to all parts of the house when older. Colored niches mark the entrance to each bedroom. Windows at each landing give views out to the courtyard and pool. At the end of the gallery is a glass d...More
“accent colors in areas” — pilarcanmore
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A classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman occupy the 'prow' where one feels at home in the landscape. photo: Adams Mohler Ghillino
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