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Altamira Ranch represents the manifestation of the dreams and visions for generations of one California family.  Occupying 20-acres along the rugged coastline of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the undeveloped site held memories of childhood camping trips, family picnics, and romantic sunsets between husband and wife.  Because of this sense of place, the clients wanted to maintain the “untouched” feel of the land as much as possible in the design of their 15,500 square foot family complex and to connect it to the surrounding landscape both physically and visually.

Not wanting to disturb the land more than necessary, the four separate buildings–main house, study, guest house, and garage–were cut into the terrain reducing the need to grade the site.  As a result, the subterranean garage and partially buried main house seem to emerge from the ground as the land slopes toward the ocean.  Not only did submerging the buildings reduce the amount of site work required, it also preserved the ocean view for the surrounding neighborhood.

Click on images for full view. Architect’s website: http://www.marmol-radziner.com/

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