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Perched above the Pacific. A house that exploits the drama of the central California coastline

Fougeron Architecture

America settentrionale | Big Sur

Big Sur, located on the central coast of California, is one of the world’s magical places. Meadows and redwood forests clad the mountains that tumble into the ocean, and Route 1 hugs the edge of cliffs that rise to
600 m above the rocky shoreline and dip to sandy coves. Locals protect the scenery and no new structure can be built within sight of the highway. Ten years ago, Anne Fougeron, a French-born architect who practices in San Francisco, built a vacation house tucked into a valley of Big Sur that was settled by Beat poets in the 1960s. She knows the area well and was the ideal choice to design an oceanfront house for a couple from Chicago. The challenge was to fit it onto a narrow, downward-sloping sliver of land, with precipitous drops on two sides.
After walking the site, she decided to build it as close to the edge as possible, to maximize views to the north...

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