With 5300 m² in size, the Cresta is a single-family residence designed by Jonathan Segal FAIA. It is a single-family residence constructed entirely out of cast-in-place concrete. Located in the Lower Hermosa region of La Jolla, California, this residence also has a reflecting and swimming pool that has been integrated into the house’s overall design.
It is a modern single-family residence on a 5,000-square-foot lot with three stories: one below and two above grade. These stories are accented by floor-to-ceiling glass and large open expanses to the outdoors of the house. The final product of this house comes as a solid form that still maintains the original form instead of the through roof planes and vertical walls.
Three to four times the size of every square foot in this residence becomes important due to the unordinary small property in this project area with typical properties.
The exterior room is the key element to create a home that felt larger and more private than it seems. The overall form of the building is also kept intact while this space created a void in it. Walls and roof planes on all four corners can define the residence’s original box.
There is a reflecting and swimming pool adjacent to the front of the house structure. This pool has been integrated into the overall design of the residence for thermal cooling and also creating a floating perception.
Due to the large expanses of operable glass, the insulating effect of the pool, sun shading, and thermal mass of the concrete, the 6.5kw solar array on the roof can provide supplying nearly 100% of the required power for this modern residence.
The Cresta Gallery
Photographer: Matthew Segal