Turner Residence was designed to be beautifully simple and connected to nature by Jensen Architects, nestled hillside in Larkspur, California. The homeowners desired for their new home to be environmentally sensitive, and universally accessible. This dream home would be positioned to enjoy the unique property and views of the bay, be respectful of the neighbors and community, and serve as an example of the best of contemporary design.
A plinth and a pavilion. Nestled into the hillside, the long, solid plinth contains the private rooms of the house. Atop this plinth sits a transparent living and dining pavilion that opens up completely for access to the outdoor decks, pool patio and expansive views to Mount Tamalpais and the bay. An elegant structural solution allows the views to be uninterrupted by perimeter sheer walls. The majority of the site is left undeveloped with its forest of native oaks intact.
When the house is in use, there is almost no house. The goal was to make a building disappear into the landscape. The site itself is stunning: the ridge line of an oak covered hill with views of Mount Tamalpais, the Bay, and beyond. The idea was to make a house that allowed for living on the ridge without diminishing the ridge and its vantage point. The roof springs outward from a solid core with no perimeter shear walls.
Structurally, the house mimics the surrounding oaks with their branches extending horizontally from solid trunks. Under this floating roofline, an array of sliding glass panels can retract completely into the core. What remains is almost nothing: a pool patio with a shade canopy. Mirror panels on the core further veil the building. In the end the house mimics, reflects, and merges with the surrounding oaks.
The function of the home is orchestrated within a series of soft thresholds, blurring the line between inside and outside, between home and setting. With the glass walls pocketed into the core, the interior spaces flow out onto the adjacent terraces, landscapes, and panoramas. The living room sits high above the ground and surrounding oaks, opening to private yet expansive views of Mt. Tam and the green terrain. At the northeast side of the house, the dining room, kitchen, pool, and main terrace are effectively fashioned into a single unified indoor/outdoor living area.
Photos: Courtesy of Jensen Architects
Palm Springs Residence was given a bright and colorful makeover by interior designer Myca Loar of Shiny Bones, located in Palm Springs, California. The designer created a space that allows an escape to the desert: designed to bring the beauty of nature indoors, while transporting the comfort of a home to the outdoors.
Though practicality and comfort reign the beauty doesn’t relent. The vibrant colors of the landscape, found in the decor, pop against white backdrops; layered texture and playful art encourage relaxation and curiosity.
About the designer – Myca’s career began in the fashion industry, working with Steve Madden in New York City. Her fascination with design grew while in NYC. As a passion of hers, she attends New York Fashion Week each year. When she returned to her hometown, of Denver, she began to pursue her life long infatuation with Interior Design and Shiny Bones was born. “I founded Shiny Bones to be an expressionistic form of design for the client and myself,” Myca states. “I strive to make each creation a unique perspective.” Her designs are unique and modernistic, appealing to forward thinkers. Myca loves searching for once in a lifetime experiences across the globe. She believes, “travel and new experiences are a path to inspiration in my design.”
Photos: Courtesy of Shiny Bones
House 6 is a modern custom home comprised of wood and concrete which has been designed by architecture studio Cheng Design, located in Menlo Park, California. The residence is Cheng’s sixth custom home project, which was redesigned and constructed from top-to-bottom. In addition, the numerical address of the home is simply “6” — and, the numerological meaning behind the symbol ‘6’ has been long-associated with domestic stability, smoothness and tranquility.
However, the importance of this project goes even deeper — it represents a major career milestone thanks to the unique and innovative use of concrete, as this residence is one of Cheng Design’s first-ever ‘hybrid’ structures, constructed as a combination of wood and concrete. Both architecturally and aesthetically, the project is one of both innovative function and beauty in the application of concrete within a residential structure.
Photos: Matthew Millman
Potrero Hill House is a transitional style home design by interiors studio Noz as a Service, located in Potrero Hill, a residential area in San Francisco, California. The owners of this new-construction house were upsizing from a small one-bedroom apartment in a SOMA high-rise.
Without much existing furniture, we had the opportunity to start decorating from a blank slate. Quickly, the clients discovered that they both loved warm, modern interiors, so we created a living+dining area with mixed textures and a “casual chic” feel. But for their “His” and “Hers” offices, we had a lot of fun reflecting their individual personalities.
Photos: Colin Price Photography
In Plein Air project is a modern country home designed by Ken Linsteadt Architects, located in the the Sonoma wine country landscape, California. Turning an eye to the outdoors, this metamorphosis of a traditional Tuscan villa into a modern country home frames the oak-studded beauty of the surrounding landscape from every window.
The owner’s reclaimed timber business set the earthy natural palette: recycled oak, steel windows, hand-troweled plaster walls, and concrete floors and counters.
The reconfigured floor plan of the main house includes a rough-hewn timber catwalk around the double height living room, juxtaposed with steel supports and glass railings.
The kitchen, which was moved to the north side of the house, opens onto the pool terrace with a large steel and glass tilt-up window that does double duty as a canopy over the outdoor bar.
Photos: Courtesy of Ken Linsteadt Architects
Casa Cielo Azul designed with transparency and light by Signum Architecture together with Leslie Wilks Design, nestled in the hills above St. Helena, California. Upon approach to this property, the visitor does not witness the extraordinary view until arriving at the edge of the hill. Sited to capture that surprise and designed to invoke the response the owner had to a small, blue glass tile, the home exudes an exquisite tranquility. Once inside, the energetic juxtaposition of open and intimate spaces accommodates both private life and entertaining.
The soaring blue wall directs toward the main view, with texture giving it depth and two rectangular perforations connecting it to sky. When the light is just right, the wall and the sky appear to merge. The use of saturated color and large, flat planes recalls the sensual, modernist work of Luis Barragan, yet the transparency and the flow of the house is a clear expression of contemporary wine country life.
The purity of design has a very cool, calm effect on each room. Natural light plays on the plaster walls. Cross breezes keep the rooms comfortable all year. The house was designed to be almost transparent, with natural light and fresh air. An elongated blue stucco wall punctuates the low-slung residence. A concrete path leads to a pivoting glass front door. To the left of the wall is the garage.
The blue wall’s surface is stucco with gravel in the mix to create a rough- textured surface. The wall was painted with coats of blue paint. The dramatic hue was custom-designed.
The home includes two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, office, wine cellar and covered terrace. Floor to ceiling glass in the kitchen, where the owners spend most of their time, fills the room with natural light. Indoor materials and floor treatments flow out onto an open terrace, further blurring the boundary between outdoors and in.
Views of the valley are framed by Howell Mountain. San Francisco is visible, far to the south, on a clear day, designed as a see-through house.
Photos: Adrian Gregoretti
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