Contemporary Altamira Ranch, California
The Altamira Ranch, designed for a young family, is located in Palos Verdes, California, USA. Designed by Los Angeles-based architects Marmol Radziner the stunning contemporary ranch, the architectural and landscape designs work together to create a project that, while impressive in scale, looks and feels as though it emerged from the surrounding environment.
This illusion is achieved through the use of building materials that either are or resemble indigenous stone, and an almost 100 per cent native California plant palette.
The contemporary Altamira Ranch represents the manifestation of the dreams and visions for generations of one California family. Occupying 20-acres along the rugged coastline of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the undeveloped site held memories of childhood camping trips, family picnics, and romantic sunsets between husband and wife. Because of this sense of place, the owners wanted to maintain a ‘untouched’ feel of the land as much as possible in the design of their contemporary Californian ranch and to connect it to the surrounding landscape both physically and visually. Images courtesy of Benny Chan.