Sweetwater Mesa

Malibu, California  | Site: 160 acres  |  Residences: 50,000 sf

High in the mountains above Malibu at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Sweetwater Mesa poetically rests at the nexus of the earth, sky, and water.  Its undulating landscape is formed by microclimates of diverse vegetation, climate, and topography with expansive views to the Pacific Ocean, Malibu, and Los Angeles. Vulnerable to sun, wind, and fire, the site topography is characterized by rock outcroppings, low-lying brush, slopes and ravines. The 160-acre property is separated into five parcels that absorb their distinct surroundings marked by boundaries of Ocean, Meadow, Cliff, and Mountain zones.

The project included site masterplanning and the conceptual design for five single-family residences.  The individual homes establish a cohesive relationship between the site and its occupants.  The dwellings arise from the land and are conceived as ‘instruments’ for interpreting the landscape that capture and intensify specific site qualities.  The site is traversed via footpath that carves sinuously through the terrain uniting scattered natural features and the dwellings.

C O L L A B O R A T O R S

Andrew Scott and John Fernandez  |  Pamela Burton & Co. Landscape