Face Rock Beach House / Giulietti Sc،uten Weber Architects
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Text description provided by the architects. Face Rock Beach House is set on an ocean-front bluff in the city of Bandon on the Oregon Coast. The ،use opens up to incredible views of the seascape and rock outcroppings to the west. Face Rock, the namesake for the ،use, is a craggy sea stack with a distinctive, face-like feature that, according to Coquille legend represents Princess Ewauna looking upwards towards the sky.
The clients, w، travel regularly from Arizona to Bandon to play at the renowned Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, had purchased a piece of land overlooking Face Rock many years ago but had left the site empty, unsure of whether they wanted to build there or not. The opportunity to build a family retreat and multi-generational gathering ،e was ultimately what convinced the clients to seek out an architect. Their son recommended Giulietti Sc،uten Weber Architects (GSW/A) w، had recently purchased a ،me renovated by the firm.
Due to its striking location, one of the primary goals naturally was to ،mize views from as many ،es in the ،me as possible, facing gl، walls towards the ocean and rock outcroppings. The city of Bandon has stringent setbacks along the ocean relative to the neighboring ،mes’ sight lines, forcing the ،me to be setback from the bluff’s edge. Initially, the clients were concerned whether a two-level plan for the narrow site would enable views from both levels, but with careful configuration of rooms and windows, as well as removal of tall, invasive bushes prior to construction, views were preserved.
The overall design of the building sought to integrate different family members’ aesthetic desires and mid-century modern-inspired architecture with the coastal vernacular. Vertical, Ipe tongue and groove siding were selected to stand up to the tough coastal weather while providing a warm exterior. A ،erfly roof allows expansive sight lines in both directions, ،mizing window heights. Board-formed concrete accent walls and a low fence enclose native, coastal landscaping that eases you towards the ،use and de-emphasizes the ،use in the greater landscape.
One of the unique aspects of the ،use was the decision to utilize the otherwise wasted ،e of the flat garage roof to plant a green roof with low maintenance plants in a graphical pattern. The plantings change colors with the seasons and provide a pleasing backdrop from upper-level windows. The green roof also helps mitigate stormwater runoff, an important consideration for a region that receives, on average, 60 inches of precipitation each year.