ALTAMIRA: A Harmonious Connection with the Earth


This residential project is called ALTAMIRA by Marmol Radziner, offering captivating views across its expansive 20-acre site, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by both the natural topography of the site and the client’s passion for geology, the design seems to seamlessly blend with the earth, creating a harmonious connection with its surroundings.


Plant groupings were strategically positioned to frame views of nearby landmarks like Inspiration Point and Catalina Island, guiding visitors toward distinct destinations within the landscape. The design echoes the colors and textures native to the area, incorporating boulders harvested from a local quarry. Over 30,000 plants were cultivated from native California seeds specifically for this project.


Four separate buildings—the main house, study, guest house, and garage—were integrated into the terrain, minimizing the need for site grading. To highlight the project’s connection to the land, many of the walls were clad in locally sourced Palos Verdes stone, cut on-site. Submerging the buildings reduced site work and preserved ocean views for the surrounding neighborhood.


Images Source: Marmol Radziner

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