Fall House by San Francisco based Fougeron Architects
The three-bedroom home, on Big Sur’s spectacular south coast, is anchored in the natural beauty and power of its California landscape. Designed with a strategy to embed the building within the land—a bluff 250 feet above the Pacific Ocean—they created a structure inseparable from its context.
The long, thin volume of the house conforms to the natural contours of the land and the geometries of the bluff, deforming its shape and structure in response, much like the banana slug native to the region’s seaside forests.
The main bearing system of the house is set back twelve feet from the bluff, both to protect the cliff’s delicate ecosystem and to ensure the structure’s integrity and safety..
The house itself is cantilevered over the bluff. The interior is a shelter, an elegant refuge in contrast with the roughness and immense scale of the ocean and cliff.
The sofa and chairs are by Italian brand B&B Italia....
The house’s two main facades express both shelter and exposure. On the north, clear expanses of glass reveal ocean and coastline views; long strips of translucent channel glass dapple the light, playing on the sea’s shimmering surface.
The south facade, clad in copper, which wraps over the roof, is mostly enclosed, offering a retreat from the forces of nature.
The bedroom like all of the views capture the spectacular bluff and ocean below.
Project Completed in 2014
Photography © Joe Fletcher