Just north of San Francisco in the Marin County, California town of Stinson Beach lies this contemporary home with knockout views of the Pacific Ocean and a nearby national park. Designed by Washington, D.C.-based firm Wnuk Spurlock Architecture, the residence, comprised of several boxy volumes and dubbed In|Out, is clad in a variety of materials, including zinc and patinated-copper panels.
Because of local regulations restricting how tall the house could be, the architect set out to maximize a sloped site by slightly stepping the structure up its mountainside. Spaces are centered on a courtyard, which gives In|Out its name, "dividing the house into two sections" the architects say: one for the clients and the other for visitors (including guest and pool houses).
Inside, open-plan spaces and broad, floor-to-ceiling windows offer views from most corners of the home. A light, neutral color palette—as used for the wood panels around the fireplace and custom cabinetry in the kitchen and master bathroom—help keep things airy and bright. It's all capped by a rooftop deck for taking it all in.
∙ This house is at home in the coastal hills north of San Francisco [Contemporist]
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