Designed by award-winning artists, 3560 Shawnee Road represents the elegant union of contemporary architecture and timeless craftsmanship. Merging interior with exterior and affording bay and ocean views, this 2800+ e.s.f. residence is a modern architectural jewel. Nestled in the hills above Mission Bay, the house is a unique addition to the community fabric. The location creates an exciting relationship between land and water both ocean and street played large roles in determining the public to private orientation of interior forms. The front facade provides a barrier to the streetscape, sculpting views of the adjacent neighborhood and sheltering the interior. Once inside, the house begins to unfold a central volume of lyptus wood is carved away to reveal the lower spaces. The house opens up to become one unified space: kitchen, living, and dining join to form the public sector of the first floor. Glass walls open to activate the exterior living and dining space, drawing the outside in.
The house abounds with not only carefully designed spaces, but rich surfaces, finely-crafted cabinetry and intricate built-in furnishings. A reverence for detail is shown throughout each space every passage is ceremonial, every material conveys a sense on intimacy. Hand-crafted by local artisans, the cabinetry and furniture was designed as a seamless extension of the architecture. The palette of materials selected for the house is a careful composition of warmth, texture and strength crafted and installed using both cultivated methods and innovative techniques, the surfaces serve as an intimate lining for the architecture. Throughout the course of the day, the house transforms with the elemental movement of nature acting as a receiver, the house welcomes light, western winds and the scent of the ocean. As the sun moves over the house, light and shadow play across expansive walls and penetrate the skylights. The interior program allows for softy-lit areas of reprieve and spaces which celebrate a union with the exterior. Each room is a generous space in which to engage both the external rhythms of nature and the ritual movements of the inhabitants.