Harborview Hills by Laidlaw Schultz Architects

Harborview Hills by Laidlaw Schultz Architects

“The home’s quiet street setting gives no indication of the dynamic coastal views accessible from inside, and this feeling of revelation became the starting point for the design. A simple line separating public from private, the first move about which the house begins, starts the dialogue.”

 


 
You’ll be forgiven for thinking from the architect’s description and available photos that Harbourview Hills was hundreds of feet higher up in the distant San Joaquin Hills, well above Corona del Mar.  But the harbour views from here are just fine.  Kudos to both photographer for the illusion and architect for the design.  While it *is* a “quiet street setting”, inside, this home seems anything but suburban, and not being in the distant hills means you get home to enjoy it all the more easily.

The ‘simple line’ continues inside, again separating public spaces from private.  Through a long glass-walled entry space that showcases the public pool and entertainment areas, the individual sleeping areas stay private behind an unassuming brick wall that continues into the living space and kitchen area, drawing both the eye and the visitor deeper into the home towards those harbour views.

That becomes the theme – long sleek lines to define the interior and exterior spaces. Moving into the private area on the north side of the home the lines continue for the bedroom hallway and again to the exterior passage along the property boundary.  This home almost totally covers the property, yet there are significant exterior spaces along each side and to the rear, overlooking neighbouring homes, streets, shopping, schools and the ocean beyond.


 

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Original SV date June 2011
 

Bing Maps Gallery

Bing shows an interesting  mix of the current house and the earlier construction that find this location as a 1662 ft. sq. 1960s bungalow-with-garage.

 

Google Maps Gallery

Google catches Harbourview Hills in the tail end of the project , both in Satellite images, birds eye and Street View.

 

Property Location

Listed location:  Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, CA, USA

Newport Beach, CA, USA


 

Harborview Hills by Laidlaw Schultz Architects

From the architect: Harborview Hills

With a passion for modern architecture and an international understanding of style, the homeowners approached Laidlaw Schultz Architects seeking something unique and suitable for their growing family.The home’s quiet street setting gives no indication of the dynamic coastal views accessible from inside, and this feeling of revelation became the starting point for the design. A simple line separating public from private, the first move about which the house begins, starts the dialogue. This wall is punctuated with a sliding panel and is then drawn up to reveal the striated walnut garage door that continues the plain. The woven-steel panel is the gateway to the interior courtyard and private dominion. As seen from inside the courtyard, the encentre transforms into an exterior fireplace and backdrop for the glass-like pool. A wall of foliage on one end provides a panel of green to complement the shimmering blue water; on the other end, a continuous fountain creates a soothing soundtrack.

The house itself takes advantage of these two exterior spaces, interior courtyard and exterior view, with a wrapper of sliding doors that, when open, turn the house into an outdoor pavilion. A juxtaposition of lacquered cabinetry set against painted brick walls, and aged wood floors against stark white walls further emphasize the balance of sophistication and style that make up this home.

 

 

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