Ray Kappe, Architect
The sculpted, stainless steel door, a work of art on its own, pivots on its axis, inviting guests into this 5200-square-foot, concrete, steel and glass Ray Kappe designed house on Manhattan Beach's world-famous Strand, inches from the sand and sea.
A three-story atrium, paneled in teak, is filled with exotic plants. A floating staircase, with glass steps leads to the media room, three bed-rooms, six baths and a pool deck. For the less athletic, there is an elevator.
Located on a northern corner and cradled in the curve of the coastline, the house commands a Queen's Necklace view that extends from the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina to the south, and north all the way to Malibu.
It's a very sexy, romantic house, it's a fantastic weekend retreat for someone who wants a second home, or for somebody who wants to get out of the city and live at the beach full time.
Above, the master suite is open and light-filled, a loft-like space that projects outward, over the living room, sharing its monumental windows and spectacular views of the beach. The bedroom is completely surrounded by curtains that can enclose for privacy and darkness. Above, a translucent Japanese-inspired screen can be retracted, opening the high-ceilinged room to the domed skylight.
The adjoining master bath is an indulgent private spa, featuring his-and-her water closets, a freestanding, black tile Jacuzzi tub and an immense granite and tile steam shower with its own view into the swimming pool from below the water's surface.
The master bedroom has its own private staircase, leading to the rooftop deck and lap pool. White steel railings carry on the steamship theme to the summit of the house. It is an ideal space for poolside parties or just sunbathing.