Sebastian Mariscal’s brutalist California beach house hits the market
This brutalist haven in Cardiff-by-the-Sea by Sebastien Mariscal is an architectural marvel – surprisingly contemporary while appearing to be carved into the rugged cliffs off the California coast.
Dubbed the Phoenix House, the three-bedroom home earned Mariscal its first of three Record House designations when it was completed in 2012, and its 5,616-square-foot plan evolves entirely around expansive ocean views. Plank-like concrete interiors open to outdoor spaces, from a rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen to breezy balconies, an indoor garden, and a pool — with views of the Pacific Ocean.
Kelly Howard of Compass announces the Brahm Road property for $10 million. Its interiors celebrate 21st-century materiality and minimalism: think tactile concrete and slate floors softened by walnut and mahogany cabinetry and windows.
Mariscal’s use of light also deserves special attention: skylights, clerestory openings and openings are used to organize views and channel sunlight into the deepest recesses of the five-bedroom house. . This creates dramatic shadow play and highlights the grain of the building’s concrete planes.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is located in San Diego County and is famous for its surf scene. The city’s shops, restaurants, and beaches are all within walking distance of Phoenix House, nestled in the Composers Quarter. See more in the gallery above.