To maximize the view potential of this Newport Beach, Calif., property, the design team at Brandon Architects developed the Pescador Residence, a new 6,457-square-foot contemporary home with a generous open floor plan that creates several vantage points of the nearby Fashion Island skyline.
The entry courtyard, complete with a reflecting pond and specimen tree, introduces the elevated cast-in-place concrete wall that extends from the entrance to the interior. Natural wood ceilings inside also extend over fixed panes of glass into the roof eaves to connect the front entry to the rest of the house.
According to the firm, the home’s main living spaces were treated as one large glass volume and then layered with solid mass, such as the concrete wall. The double-height living room features a 12-foot custom fireplace clad in steel paneling, while the open-concept kitchen conceals a butler’s pantry behind the range wall. Expansive window walls with exposed steel elements open both areas to the adjacent exterior patio with an outdoor kitchen, infinity pool, and spa.
Built as an entertainment home, the clients included three bedrooms, plus a gym and office for five potential bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two powder rooms. An eye-catching concrete and glass wine feature wall separates the kitchen and dining area from the speakeasy-esque lounge, complete with its own bar and seating area.
Upstairs in the master suite, the designers chose a minimalist European concept for the bedroom coupled with a resort-style master bath.
Its design and construction by RDM General Contractors didn’t go unnoticed. The project was awarded Best Custom Home, 4,000 to 8,000 square feet by the Gold Nugget judges for its “terrific balance of solid and void, transparency and privacy, and a wonderful blend of thoughtful materials that give it a ‘timeless modernity’ that should stand the test of time.”
Architect/Designer: Brandon Architects
Builder: RDM General Contractors
Size: 6,457 square feet