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2020 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom Home 6,001 - 8,000 sq. ft.




La Jolla, California

Architect/Designer | House Design Architects

Builder | Hill Construction Company

Interior Designer | Lucas

Photographer | Aaron Leitz

Inspired by the owner’s luxury yacht, this oceanfront home serves a dual purpose — the perfect setting for weekend entertaining and a private sanctuary to decompress. Centered around a 50-foot pocketing glass wall, the magnificent open-plan living room unlocks the entire main floor to breathtaking views of the Pacific.

The living room ceiling, made of hemlock boards, blends with grains of the oak kitchen cabinetry to achieve seamless continuity. A sunken outdoor seating area maintains an elevated sense of privacy and creates a snug nook at the core of the home. Teak built-ins and metal accents offer a rich nod to the yachting life. A cantilevered staircase ascends to the upstairs home office. A two-story board-formed concrete wall spans the full length of the home, dividing the living spaces from bedrooms. Suede wall panels with inlay nickel detailing and a custom built-in leather bed were tailored for the master bedroom. A translucent glass screen wall shields the home from neighbors and helps focus one’s gaze to the lowered infinity-edge pool and the ocean.

From the Judges
Judges praised the staircase, the sunken courtyard/firepit and its glass surround, and the materiality. They noted the clean lines, the windows, and the “nice scale” for the size of the house.

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