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In front, a busy street. Inside, tall spaces and view.

Sound control and symmetry are key elements in the design of this house in La Costa, California.

Since the house faces a busy four-lane street, reducing traffic noise was a major consideration. As shown above, the front of the stucco house has just six undersize second-story windowss and curving walls of glass block at the entry. The stucco and glass blocks reflect most noise toward the street, and double glazing on the small windows further muffles sound. These windows allow the house to have a large expanse of glass at the back and still conform to energy code requirements.

The symmetrical plan creates mirror-image elements at the front of the house: twin one-car garages, palm trees, and curving glass walls, as well as the second-floor windows. The central axis continues through the entry and living room, to end with a dramatic window wall.
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Date:May 1, 1984
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