Coastal Retreat House

Malcolm Davis Architecture used the local vernacular of Sea Ranch to create the ultimate dreamy and modern retreat house, an iconic escape for California dwellers.

  • area / size 2,000 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Type House,
  • For this Sea Ranch residence, MDA created a streamlined, modern getaway. The home’s thoughtful 2,000 square feet is laid out in juxtaposing pod-like structures connected by a light filled entryway. In keeping with MDA’s distinctive regional style, each volume is reminiscent of the vernacular, barn-like structures found in this iconic California locale, while offering a decidedly modern twist.

    The home’s quiet interior material palette consists primarily of simple elements like concrete flooring, plywood walls, and industrial Stonco lighting fixtures. Concrete floor slabs provide solar, thermal mass, while strategically positioned windows capture solar gain and operable skylights pull fresh air continually creating a home that passively heats and cools itself.

    Design: Malcolm Davis Architecture
    Photography: Joe Fletcher