Ask any number of people what they envision as their dream home, and the majority will likely respond with something along the lines of, “A house on the beach where I can hear and see the crashing waves.” With the right amount of money (in this instance, $5.7 million), you can make that vision a reality with House Noir, a spacious, three-story beach house in marvelous Malibu, California.

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Dark home with glass walls near other beach houses

On the left, aerial view of home with multiple balconies and rooftop deck. On the right, aerial view of the back of the home facing the beach.

Built on the sandy Las Flores beach, just steps from the mighty Pacific Ocean, House Noir has unmatched views of the mountains, sea and Catalina Island. Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) met the challenge of designing an aesthetically pleasing and sustainable home that can also withstand natural disasters and the impacts of climate change: earthquakes, rising sea levels and an eroding coastline.

Related: Hurricane-resistant home uses resilient boat-building techniques to weather the storm

White staircase near living space with tan couch and large glass door leading to balcony

The team began by elevating the 1,790-square-foot house a generous 20 feet above the beach to accommodate a tall seawall and subterranean caisson foundation (or pier foundation), an impermeable retaining structure sunk into the ground. The added energy-absorbing features help the structure withstand earthquake tremors.

outdoor deck with views of beach and lounge chairs at dusk

To combat the caustic effects of sea air, which can seriously depreciate exterior paint and metal facades, LOHA enveloped the house with aluminum and non-corrosive metal and finished it off with high-quality rustproof paint. The entire exterior package is wrapped in standing-seam siding that is seamlessly molded up the sides of the structure over the roofline, all the way to the roof deck.

On the left, living space with tan couch and dark chairs. On the right, all-white bedroom with tall ceilings, a bed, and a desk.

The luxurious — and well-protected — interior of the home offers mesmerizing views throughout. Full-height glass doors, which lead to oblique balconies, allow ocean breezes to cool the beach house. An open-air staircase ascends from the ground floor up through the heart of the home to the rooftop deck, with perforated metal risers and treads that encourage beams of natural light to illuminate every floor.

People relaxing on outdoor deck with lounge chairs and patio table

Other amenities include a large designer kitchen, imported tiles, European fixtures, white oak floors, an airy mezzanine, two bedrooms, two and a half baths and the spacious, private rooftop deck with an outdoor shower.

+ Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)

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Aerial view of the dark home and nearby beach homes