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As legendary for its place in the American consciousness as for its natural beauty and spectacular ocean views, Big Sur in California offered the perfect location for a house with so many glass walls that being inside feels like being outside. The 1,900-square-foot Dani Ridge House, by Carver + Schicketanz, is carved into a hillside and looks upon the Pacific through floor-to-ceiling windows that nearly stretch the perimeter of the house, which uses daylighting and shading to control temperatures. Hoping not to obstruct their neighbors’ views, the clients asked the architects to add a native green roof, which from above looks essentially identical to the surrounding greenery. In fact, it blends so well into the landscape that if you drive by, you just might miss it. See more photos below.

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