Words by Carl MH Barenbrug
A modern and minimalist white box volume sits serenely on Northern California’s coast. The 6,700 square-foot, three-level rectilinear Pebble Beach House was designed by San Francisco-based architect Jim Jennings. You might be familiar with Jennings’ work after we published his striking Desert Retreat in our book, Selection: Architecture. He is renowned for precise clean lines and simple geometric volumes that balance mass and white space, particularly in his residential projects.
One of the distinct features of this muted and modernist dwelling is the garage’s hydraulic bi-fold doors, which are clad in aluminium panels (closed and opening), with the upper portion concealing another terrace. The discreet entrance leads to a vestibule, where you encounter the integral central staircase that features wood treads cantilevered from steel-framed walls wrapping around a freestanding glass tower.
Pebble Beach House is an example of uncompromising simplicity and linearity that abides by strict modernist principles and showcases a consistent design language seen throughout Jim Jennings’ work.