Encinal Bluffs Family Compound

Set on a bluff overlooking a spectacular stretch of Pacific coastline, this family compound is a series of semi-independent structures and garden courtyards inspired by Mediterranean hill towns.

Roger Seifter, Project Partner
Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.

Intimate courtyards and gardens open from each building, interconnected by half-hidden pathways, while outdoor stairways and broad shaded terraces celebrate and punctuate the steeply sloping site. Material applications such as limestone rubble walls, exposed rough timber framing and antique terracotta roof tiles reinforce the compound’s hill town character.

Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.
Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.

Like a traditional fountain square, the central focus of the property is a courtyard with an edgeless pool. The space is anchored at the north by a deep loggia with guest bedrooms above, open at the south to the ocean view, and framed by the living and dining rooms on one side and the master suite on the other.

Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.
Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.

In the interior, intricately framed wood ceilings contrast with planar, waxed plaster walls. The more public rooms flow to the outside, as their stone floors continue into covered porches and open terraces. Narrow sight-line steel casement windows and doors are distinctly Californian, borrowed from the region’s Mediterranean revival of the 1920’s ad ‘30’s.

Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.
Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.
Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.
Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.

Shellstone pathways meander down to the beach below, stopping at a horizon-edge spa and a cozy beach house retreat along the way.

Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.
Malibu Residence, Location: Malibu California, Architect: RAMSA. Malibu residence with european village theme.

Project Partner: Roger H. Seifter

Interior Design: Jean-Louis Raynaud & Kenyon Kramer

Landscape Design: Deborah Nevins Associates

Photography: Peter Aaron / OTTO