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The house is organized around a central courtyard and evokes the sense of a small, clustered village. The courtyard divides into two sections: the main residence, and the guest wing/pool house. Large operable windows, an abundance of plants, and outdoor spaces blur the line between interior and exterior and make the building blend into the natural environment.

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While the exterior is clad in a combination of natural and recycled materials and subtly shaded fiber cement panels, metal panels of copper patina and bronze-coated zinc help identify special functions within the interior.

A solar energy systemand strategically placed operable windows make the house energy efficient and maximize exposure to the ocean breeze, providing a natural cooling system and eliminating the need for mechanical air conditioning systems.