Cresta, designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA.

Cresta, designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA.

Credit: Matthew Segal


Jonathan Segal Architect 

Taking advantage of San Diego’s temperate climate, Jonathan Segal, FAIA, focused the design of this 5,300-square-foot house around the notion of an outdoor room. Situated at the top of a meandering entry sequence, the open-air lounge space is shielded from public view by double-height concrete panels on one side, and the bulk of the house on the other, while still receiving ample California sunshine through a void cut into the overhanging roof structure. Formed entirely from cast-in-place concrete, punctuated by floor-to-ceiling glass panels (many of which are operable, to allow fresh air indoors), the structure has two stories that are above grade, topped by a deck and a solar array that provides nearly all of the home’s power. A third finished below-grade floor offers guest and recreation spaces, and an L-shaped pool wraps the house on two sides. “It’s just stellar,” juror Gregory Hoss said. “I really like the relationship between the glass and the concrete,” agreed Cary Bernstein. “It is really well done.” 

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Terrace and open living room.

Terrace and open living room.

Credit: Matthew Segal


Overall site view.

Overall site view.

Credit: Matthew Segal


Ground-floor pool and terrace.

Ground-floor pool and terrace.

Credit: Matthew Segal


Outdoor room, with view of entry sequence.

Outdoor room, with view of entry sequence.

Credit: Matthew Segal


Side elevation.

Side elevation.

Credit: Matthew Segal


Outdoor room.

Outdoor room.

Credit: Matthew Segal


Drawings

Basement Plan.

Basement Plan.

Credit: Courtesy Jonathan Segal FAIA


Ground-Floor Plan.

Ground-Floor Plan.

Credit: Courtesy Jonathan Segal FAIA


Second-Floor Plan.

Second-Floor Plan.

Credit: Courtesy Jonathan Segal FAIA


Roof Plan.

Roof Plan.

Credit: Courtesy Jonathan Segal FAIA



Project Credits

Project  The Cresta, La Jolla, Calif.
Architect  Jonathan Segal Architect, San Diego— Jonathan Segal, FAIA
General Contractor  Jonathan & Matthew Segal
Developer  Jonathan Segal, FAIA
Photography  Matthew Segal
Project Size  5,300 square feet
Construction Cost  $265 per square foot

Materials and Sources

Bathroom Cabinets  Jacobs Woodworks  jacobswoodworks.com
Bathroom Fittings and Fixtures  Hansgrohe hansgrohe-usa.com
Cooktop  Gaggenau gaggenau.com
Countertops  Ideal Mechanical  
Dishwasher  Fisher & Paykel fisherpaykel.com
Doors  Maclain Door and Trim  
Flooring  Mafi Flooring mafi.com
HVAC  Carrier carrier.com
Kitchen Cabinets  Jacobs Woodworking jacobswoodworks.com
Kitchen Fittings  Hansgrohe hansgrohe-usa.com
Kitchen Fixtures  Ideal Mechanical
Lighting Fixtures  Ms. Sparky Electric mssparkyelectric.com
Paints and Finishes  Frazee brands.sherwin-williams.com/frazee
Refrigerator  Thermador thermador.com
Solar Energy System  Enphase enphase.com