- Name: Division Knoll Residence
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3
- Size: 4,696+ sq. ft.
- Lot: 2.0+ acres
- Built: 1997
Perched atop a windswept promontory along the picturesque Big Sur coastline, the Division Knoll residence sits directly above the famous Bixby Bridge 12 miles south of Carmel. A stunning interpretation of a private weekend sanctuary, this spectacular pavilion style glass house architectural masterpiece enjoys absolutely privileged bird’s-eye panoramic views of the iconic Big Sur coastline. Set harmoniously into its natural surroundings, the residence’s curving roofline elegantly mirrors the coastal terrain and distant mountain silhouettes, forging an organic connection between the built environment and the rugged beauty of Central California’s coast.
The design philosophy of Division Knoll residence revolves around seamless integration, achieved through a captivating blend of materials and expansive glass walls that dissolve the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. The interplay of transparent glass with the tactile warmth of knotty wooden columns, glu-lam beams, and board-formed concrete elevates the sensory experience of the dwelling. The use of large grey stone pavers further enhances the sense that the home is an integral part of the landscape. Beyond visual appeal, this material palette tells a tactile story of the symbiotic relationship between human-made structures and their natural settings.
Internally, the layout encourages a voyage of discovery, where pavilion alignment and the strategic placement of low-slung furniture guide the eye along the horizon. As one traverses the space, the staggered arrangement of glass volumes and continuous floor pavers unveil the landscape like a cinematic masterpiece, offering ever-evolving vistas of the Pacific and its famed bridges. Division Knoll is more than just a dwelling; it is a living frame that captures the essence of Big Sur, transforming every glimpse of the outdoors into a moving portrait of sea, sky, and stone—a tribute to design that transcends mere habitation to celebrate the art of living within a breathtaking landscape.
- Architect: Piechota Architecture
- Photography: Alan Weintraub
- Location: Coast Rd, Monterey, CA, USA