The Knight residence, located at the harbor entrance to the Balboa Peninsula, was inspired by the sea to the south and the sailboats of the Newport Beach Marina to the east. The beach facade is comprised of large sliding panels of glass, with a sail form that rises to cradle the roof terrace. A central skylight volume, which brings light into the heart of the 30-foot wide house, has a wall that slopes outward, literally opening up to the sky. The wall supports an open steel staircase that leads to the roof deck.
For ease of entertaining, the architects created spaces appropriate for various times of day and weather conditions. The beach facade's sliding panels extend the living area to the outdoors during the day. On the sides of the house, tall planes of glass offer shelter from the afternoon winds. The roof space offers clear 360-degree views.
The white mosaic tile used on the facade gives the illusion of rippling light and water. Other materials include poured-in-place-concrete, smooth cement plaster, and stained wood.