A House that Rides the Wave in San Diego by Safdie Rabines Architects

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When your roof flows in a curve that prompts people to nickname your house “The Wave House,” you know you’ve got something a bit out of the ordinary; that’s exactly what these San Diego homeowners have in this colorful design from Safdie Rabines Architects. The street-facing façade of the home is almost austere in its approach: cool gray stone, accents of wood grain, and glass, lightened only by color from rectangular terraced planter boxes — which are also gray! The only light entering from this point comes in through a narrow strip of window toward one corner…and, of course, through those wonderful windows beneath the “waved” roof. It’s when you move toward the back of the house that you see a less forbidding façade — indeed, one that seems to soar above its steeply inclined lot.

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Once inside the home, levels connect via “floating” stairways and an open plan that seems to make the walls disappear. Architectural details from the exterior repeat inside; wood-grain flooring brings it all together. Colors are cool blues and aquas, pale yellows, pristine whites, smooth dove grays. On the home’s ground level, a bedroom suite boasts its own fireplace; on the next level are more sleeping quarters behind louvered frosted windows for privacy. A soaking tub is surrounded by that same frosted glass and raised on a platform in one bathroom; and, just in case the occupants don’t get enough of the panorama around them they have not one, but two rooftop decks from which to enjoy it. Graceful and livable — that’s this contemporary home that makes the most of rough terrain from Safdie Rabines.

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