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Mintzer Residence in Laguna Beach, California by Horst Architects

August 12th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Horst Architects

Carefully sited to embrace a large rock outcropping on a hillside site in Laguna Beach, California. The design of this project began from an initial conversation between owner and the architect while standing together on the site. They imagined a design, which through it’s materiality and physical lightness, would lead to a clear mediation between the structure and the site. The conversation evolved into a metaphorical narrative of two wooden shipping containers which fell onto the site from a cargo plane, one laying horizontally and the other standing vertically on the site.

Mintzer Residence

  • Architects: Horst Architects
  • Project: Mintzer Residence
  • Location: Laguna Beach, California

Mintzer Residence

The horizontal box would be open ended, expansive and contain communal space. The vertical box would remain relatively closed, sheltered, intimate and contain sleeping spaces. The interstitial space between the two boxes became the entry. A linear reflecting pond and pool beginning at the entry courtyard reinforces the presence of the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

Exterior View

Mintzer Residence

Mintzer Residence

Interior View


Floor Plan

Floor Plan



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