When their clients sought to renovate an oceanfront property in Laguna Beach, designer Arianna Noppenberger and her husband, architect Horst Noppenberger, summoned their powers of reinvention. The pair eliminated rooms, carved out double-height ceilings and windows, and added water features. They even reimagined the roof: “It’s very calming and soothing; it’s almost floating,” says Arianna of the 6,500-square-foot house’s streamlined cover, for which Horst selected zinc to create “a sense of visual lightness.” The material “softens over time,” he explains, “and has a powdery quality that doesn’t give off any glare.” The indoor/outdoor floor plan and central wind-sheltered courtyard unfold “as a series of experiential sequences,” he adds. “As you enter from the street and open the gate, then look down on the courtyard, you view the house from a distance and then, the ocean.
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