Marine Lair

Marine Lair   |    Windansea Beach, La Jolla

Motivated by the ocean’s elements, every feature of this home is uniquely and innovatively designed to provide views of the horizon and integrate the true feeling of residing by the sea. The curving exterior wall waves into the home creating the fluid circulating theme of the interior space. Vanishing window walls instantly transform the inside space to an outdoor environment allowing the salty sea breeze to fill the home. Marine Lair is a place where technology and nature beautifully coalesce. Wide steel beams provide support for the specially engineered rooftop pool while the cutting-edge hydraulic driveway allows for the lowest of sports cars to enter the garage. This technology is sharply contrasted by the rugged materials used throughout the home, each possessing a unique story of its exotic earthly origin. Built entirely different than any other home in San Diego, Marine Lair is a true gem of the coast.


Hydraulic Driveway/Turntable Garage

A steep driveway with ramp walls clad in heavy split face blue-black granite leads to this state-of-the-art three car garage, which is engineered to accommodate the lowest of sports cars as the hydraulic ramp inclines upward to flatten the entry ramp allowing the car to miss the normal hump of the driveway/ sidewalk connection without bottoming out. The ramp then lowers the car to an almost horizontal position at the entrance of the garage to allow a smooth disembarkation. The interior of the garage features a circular turntable guided by positioning lasers to spin and reposition the cars once inside. The garage door made of bead blasted titanium, glass panels and Koa wood is retracted by high-tech sequencing smart house technology.

Front Door

This oversized pivoting figured Koa entry door, weighing approximately 600 pounds, is lined with mounted dimming LED lights that illuminate the scintillating material of optic acrylic shapes to create small squares of pure light.

Steam room

Located in the lower garage level is a large beach bathroom complete with steam shower. A dark hand textured Makrame stone from Italy clads the floor and ceiling of the shower framing a large and very rare LED backlit Brazilian vintage granite from Minas Gerais, which has large occlusions of clear quartz and carnelian patches of mica and tourmaline all located in the cave of the steam shower.

Cantilevered Staircase

Descending from the master bedroom and composed of floating stainless steel struts, the staircase cantilevers from the curved entry wall with softly lit edge treads, which spiral up to the second landing. This view of the skylight above is from the staircase. The skylight will allow light from the rooftop pool to reflect onto this glass staircase creating a dancing light effect.

Rooftop Pool

Rooftop Pool As one of the most intriguing and carefully engineered elements of the house, this sculptured infinity-edged pool complete with an eight-person Jacuzzi, is crafted for pure entertainment with a stunning ocean view. Water bar stools line the bar of the connecting rooftop kitchen. Iridescent pewter glass tiles pierced by optic fiber lights for nightly star reflections line the pool to where it meets the Arctic White marble encasing the exterior. There are two carved out walls with thick laminated glass panels transparently displaying the water. A curved glass skylight on the floor creates dancing light reflected onto the floating staircase inside the house. The weight of the pool when filled is approximately 65,000 pounds, which is equivalent to having about 20 mid-sized cars on the roof.

Rooftop Kitchen

A full kitchen and bar are located on the rooftop directly servicing the pool and lounge area. A butler’s elevator connects the interior kitchen with the rooftop kitchen.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom The master bedroom entry on the second floor is framed by a crisp edge of two intersecting curved walls creating a bow shape. The entry door is a Koa panel, which when opened, adds an additional panel to a full length wave form of ten panels each offset from the next by a slit of backlit wave acrylic. The interior of this exposed door closet is made of Makare, a sister wood in the Mahogany family. The master bed, made with Koa and leather, looks seaward through window walls that like its main floor cousin, pocket completely into the stout chiseled amazon limestone panels which wrap into the residence at all column locations and open the deck to the bedroom. Flip down TVs are installed throughout the house including the master bedroom. This image shows the case for the TV in the ceiling, remotely controlled to extend out of the ceiling and rotate 360 degrees for viewing at every angle.

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a nanotechnology dimming glass which can allow full view of the ocean or complete privacy with the touch of a button. The shower is framed by the column amazon limestone from the exterior except for an eight piece carved limestone panel set with a wave pattern. The cabinets are floating planes of Koa slightly supported by backlit fused glass forms, which not only underline the base cabinet, but the medicine cabinet and upper soffit as well. The back wall of the bathroom is glass which is only partially masked with white diffusing film to allow views of the skyline and skylight from the pool.

Retracting Window Walls

Large sea-facing windows in the master bedroom and living room retract and completely pocket away in the walls transforming the interior to an outdoor space open to the salty ocean breeze.

Entry Pond

Black pewter glass tile twinkles in a lit reflecting pool underlining the pedestal path of coarse adzed limestone leading to the front door.

Dedicated Chilled Wine Room

The wine room features walls which are divided between single bottle acrylic backlit storage. The back wall, which is characterized by edge-lit acrylic shelves with grooves for edge supporting display wine, creates a “floating” effect, framed by large split face blue-black granite faces quarried from a local San Marcos quarry. A beautiful Koa cabinet underlines the room for large case storage. The room will be maintained at 54 degrees F to maintain optimal life for the wine.

Canter Development

655 West Broadway
Suite 1650
San Diego, CA 92101

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