Lighter than Air: Kafka House, La Jolla, by Safdie Rabines Architects 1

It’s not a cliff dwelling, however it seems like one: it’s the Kafka residence, a glossy modern design from Safdie Rabines Architects. “It’s a very fantastic website, with spectacular views of the ocean,” explains Taal Safdie; to enrich that setting, the home has overlapping, flat-roofed varieties that descend stepwise from the street. The entry is on the highest degree, the place a wall of sliding glass merges indoor and outside areas into one cohesive entire. Living, eating, and kitchen areas are all encompassed in a single open area that segues effortlessly onto an elevated deck which in flip covers a decrease-degree household room and the bedrooms. Illuminated by night time, this huge expanse of glass makes your complete construction shimmer, its white partitions accentuating the sunshine, ethereal really feel.

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That really feel continues by way of many parts that appear suspended in midair, amongst them the kitchen (with its whimsical EAT wall signal). “We have the cupboards floating,” Safdie says, “in order that they don’t seem like kitchen cupboards.” A pantry conceals home equipment and supplies adequate space for storing in order that further cupboards aren’t wanted. The kitchen is the “coronary heart” of many houses; it’s straightforward to think about that right here, with its 15-foot island, informal eating desk and chairs, and deck lounging all inside steps of each other. Open-air dwelling is the order of the day right here, even in front room and bedrooms; nevertheless, slender home windows and strong partitions on the road aspect present full privateness, too. A mixture of nice views, straightforward dwelling, and easy supplies: that’s this Kafka home by Safdie Rabines.

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