California’s Big Sur is known for it’s dramatic coastline, with its towering headlands and wave-sculpted rocks. And so, when asked by her clients to design a house here, architect Mary Ann Schicketanz of Carver + Schicketanz wanted to give them the best possible view of those celebrated Big Sur headlands. She created a long, narrow lookout point: The length of the house is perpendicular to the coast to give views of the coastline, and at the very end, it cantilevers over the edge of the cliff.
The home’s floorplan looks like a knife. The tip points toward the ocean, where a small deck hovers over the vertiginous bluff. The deck has glass walls to help protect it from the wind and a living roof installed with solar panels.