An instrument for visual engagement between an intimately wooded site and the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean.
L O C A T I O N
Folly Beach, South Carolina
C L I E N T
S T A T S
1,040 sf (exterior decks)
H I G H L I G H T S
The house turns a second-row beach lot into oceanfront property that captures views between two houses across the street. Inspired by the beach jetties, the linear body is used like a camera lens to foreshorten the viewing distance to the water. The design diverts from the neighborhood’s ubiquitous built-on decks and pitched roofs by treating the roof as an occupied surface, and using negative space to carve out balconies shielding the interior from the summer sun.
Inside, an open staircase with integrated shelving forms a circulation spine that choreographs movement through the house to maximize the visual experience of the site. Moving between the first-floor office and the dining room above, one sees primarily water and foliage. Selectively placed windows on the east and west walls reinforce telescopic views while providing complete privacy. The circulation spine culminates at the roof deck, which appears to merge with the ocean from the house’s master suite.