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Beach Road 2

"The house is made of three materials "washed up on the beach and found by a beachcomber" -- glass, aluminum boat hull and sand, put together to create shelter." says SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects, designers of Beach Road 2.

By: hughesumbanhowar architects

Architecture-Page | Beach Road 2 by SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
South elevation and beach, the house is steps away from the tide.

Project details

  • Project Name: Beach Road 2
  • Project Type: Single Family Residence
  • Principal Designer/s: Scott Hughes & John Umbanhowar
  • Design Team: Scott Hughes, Daniel Huh, Ayako Mizushiro, David Montalba, John Umbanhowar
  • Contractor/s: Benchmark Homes, Gary Flynn
  • Date of commencement of project: May 2004
  • Date of completion of project: November 2005
  • Location of site: Jupiter Island, Florida, USA
  • Site Area: 48,000 sq.ft.
  • Built-up Area: 4,100 sq.ft.

Architecture-Page | Beach Road 2 by SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
View from walkway to entry, aluminum louvers wrap the interior stairs.

The house is made of three materials "washed up on the beach and found by a beachcomber"--glass, aluminum boat hull and sand, put together to create shelter. Sand encloses the sleeping area, Aluminum the entertaining space, and glass the contemplative living space.

Architecture-Page | Beach Road 2 by SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
View of kitchen, opening to horizon and ocean.

These 3 "boxes" are arranged to take advantage of site orientation:

  • The two-storey high ceramic-fritted-glass-box with views to the south;
  • The sand box to the north with punched openings for privacy and soft morning light
  • The central aluminum box houses the kitchen - designed as a stage set and focus for entertaining guests, and preparation plus eating of meals.

Architecture-Page | Beach Road 2 by SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
Nighttime view of southern patio and glass box.

Aluminum louvers on the west facade filter western light. A lap pool on the roof increases landscaping on the site, shelters swimmers from the ocean breezes and expands views through skylights within the pool floor.

Primary components

  • Ceramic fritted glass
  • Aluminum louvers
  • Stucco
  • Italian limestone
  • Polycarbonate sheeting
  • Onyx
  • Bulthaup kitchen

Photographs

Architecture-Page | Beach Road 2 by SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
Long view down the beach and of north facade at sunset.

Architecture-Page | Beach Road 2 by SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
View of sundeck.

Architecture-Page | Beach Road 2 by SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
View from entryway to pool as swimmer passes by.

Architecture-Page | Beach Road 2 by SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
Sheltered pool area with frame views of the ocean.

Credits

  • Text by John Umbanhowar, Courtesy of SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects
  • Photographs by Ken Hayden, Courtesy of SH_Arc Scott Hughes Architects

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