We sat with the architect, Peter Pfau and James Goodman the colorist, in our original meeting and discussed the concept of having massive walls of reclaimed Antique Limestone that would rise up through the core of the house and act as an anchor for the crisp details of the house. As each major room is anchored by a fireplace, Peter wanted there to be a strong contrast in the style of the stone for the fireplace surrounds with the walls. At this time I was working in China traveling on the Yangtze River reclaiming old limestone walls from small towns and villages below the impending flooding for the new dam. this was the perfect stone for Peter’s vision, which we coupled with a limestone from a small local quarry. We developed a refined strip ashlar pattern for the fireplaces with a hand “adze” finish that almost seems like texture of rough woven cloth, which offset the beautiful aged patina and chisel patterns in the random ashlar of the core walls. We built simple classic Rumford fireplaces that complete the composition. Suzman Design carried the Antique walls into the landscape linking the garden with the interiors, we offset the walls with Pepper Brown Granite stairs and pavers, and brought in a wonderful Pearl Limestone for the spa surround.
Antique Yangtze Limestone, Yangtze Limestone, Pearl Limestone, Pepper Brown Granite
Robert Paganini: Project Manager
Edward Westbrook: Principal (Yangtze River sourcing)
Chen Ragen LLC: China Sourcing
|Pfau Long Architecture||http://www.pfaulong.com/projects/20-single-family-living/92-pebble-beach-residence|
|Suzman Design Associates||http://suzmandesign.com/portfolio/residential/modern/mingarden.php|
|James Goodman Color||http://www.jamesgoodmancolor.com/|
The stone anchors the house in glass walls that feature the wonderful views.
The massive stone wall built in Antique Yangtze Limestone is the core of the house, and contrasts with the wood and glass details.
The fireplace surrounds are clad in a warm New Yangtze Limestone with an adze finish, that seems almost like textured cloth.
Simple Rumford fireplaces blend with the refined stone finishes.
The walls of antique stone continue into the landscape tying the house with the garden seamlessly.