Garrison Residence by Patrick Tighe Architecture, The 3,500 sq. ft. home is located in Redondo Beach, one block from the Pacific Ocean. The simple massing is accentuated by articulated openings, situated and designed to frame views of the surrounding mountains and ocean. The geometry used to create the system of apertures continues throughout the interior. Surfaces of pattern and openings define zones of circulation and living spaces.
“This house has a real beach vibe. It is a well done home for a small, narrow site. There is consistency that we appreciate with the use of the hexagonal shape. It is bright and inviting. The clarity of the design is reflected in the clarity of the presentation.” – Jury Comment / AIA Long Beach/South Bay Design Awards
Mark and Jane Garrison, a doctor turned entrepreneur and an animal-rights activist, had lived there a few years before bringing in Patrick Tighe Architecture to renovate. The firm was ready to being construction when the Garrisons shelved the project and bought another place. But the stellar location proved irresistible. They returned two years later, and work resumed.
Sunlight and views were, naturally, key considerations for the site, a long lot with one narrow end street-front and the rear looking toward the Pacific Ocean. Tighe therefore began by devising a series of unusual windows. Instead of squares and rectangles, he opted for the hexagon. “It complemented the scale of the building and brought pattern into the mix,” he says. Pushing and pulling the six-sided shape vertically and even outward, he turned a protruding volume that houses the two largest windows into a traffic-stopping giant “eye” in the smooth white plaster-coated facade.
Smaller hexagonal windows are scattered profusely around the new corner stair tower. Wrapped in gray corrugated aluminum, a chiaroscuro complement to the white plaster, the tower is every bit as arresting inside as out. As the switchback staircase rises from the main entry to an oculus three levels above, sunlight pours down not only through the open risers but also through glass circles set into the landings. What about guests with a tinge of vertigo? Tighe suspended a wire mesh screen down the center, ostensibly for the timid to grab onto. Really, it’s there to contribute a kaleidoscope of shadow-play throughout the day—one of his signatures.
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The home consists of three stories and is designed with an open floor plan. The living spaces open to several private outdoor terraces including a roof top garden that takes advantage of the surroundings.
The home is environmentally sound. Sustainable strategies include photovoltaics for power and a solar hydronic system for the heating of water. The latest in green technologies, materials and building systems are used throughout. The distinct form of the building optimizes airflow, natural light and sun protection. The landscape is in keeping with the native coastal vegetation.
Project name: Garrison Residence
Location: Redondo Beach, California, United States
- Type By Characteristic: Renovation / Expansion / Extension : House, Luxury House
- Type By Site: City / Town House
- Type By Size: Medium House – (201 sqm – 450 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Concrete House
Project Area: 3,500 sq.ft / 315 sqm
Completion Year: 2014
Client / Owner / Developer: Mark and Jane Garrison
Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture – 5747 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
Interior Designer: David Dunn Architecture and Interior Design
Project Team: Evelina Sausina, Michael Ho, Michael Nesbit
General Contractor: PA Design
Structural Engineer: MMC Associates
Glasswork: Altered Glass
Upholstery Workshop: Modern 2 Los Angeles
Text Description: © Courtesy of Patrick Tighe Architecture, Interior Design Magazine
Images: © Patrick Tighe Architecture, Art Gray Photography