Located in a quaint neighborhood in one of Santa Cruz’s best surfing spots, this beautiful coastal house fits naturally within the landscape as well as the community built around it. It was designed and built by studio Feldman Architecture with great respect toward the surroundings and the context that the house is a part of.
As Jaimal Yogis observes in an article written for The Atlantic, surfing is more than just a sport. Sure, riding the waves is fun and exciting but for some, it has a deeper and more spiritual meaning. The connection to the water has a transformative effect and makes one feel unified with the earth and the universe. At the same time, it has a stimulating effect on the brain but in a relaxing and rejuvenating way which gives surfing a cathartic power.
The Surf House capitalizes on all of this as well as on the magnificent views of the ocean which the site provides. Its design was carefully planned out to take advantage of the surroundings. The backyard and the deck are oriented towards the water while the front of the house welcomes the sunlight inside in the winter months.
It was very important for the owners to have a house that was aware of its surroundings and that fits naturally within this beachy and eclectic community. The landscape artists at Ground Studio made sure to materialize these wishes into beautiful open spaces that take advantage of the climate and topography of the land.
The materials and colors used throughout the house reflect the casual and bohemian nature of this area. The locally-sourced reclaimed wood cladding wraps the house in a beautiful shell that weathers over time and gains a grey patina. Inside, the wooden board and batten seamlessly transitions into plaster on the upper floor where the atmosphere is more bright and relaxed, in sync with the views.