24th Street Residence is a minimalist modern home showcasing art display walls throughout, envisioned by Steven Kent Architect, located in Santa Monica, California. The clients are a Culver City are gallery owner and a musician with two young boys. The 4,950 square foot, five bedroom, six bathroom home highlights a stunning outdoor room, art display walls, recording studio and home theater that utilizes green building technologies. From the street, the residence is a series of overlapping rectangular volumes, each features varying materials and textures. The house is anchored by a three-story poured concrete stair enclosure.
The second floor cantilevers out, sheltering the main entry. This glass volume is shrouded with a retractable aluminum structure fitted with wood slats for privacy. The main floor is a large living space that opens to the outdoor room. They are connected by an expansive wall of glass multi panel sliding doors.
A Boffi kitchen is open to the dining/ living area with island seating for casual family eating. A giant floor to ceiling solid wood slab door recesses into wall to seamlessly join the main living area and home theater. The rolling door seals shut for sound and light separation.
Upstairs, the glass walled master suite and deck float over the outdoor room and open to the backyard pool area below. Glass wraps around the master bedroom and bathroom. A bamboo hedge provides privacy. A basement recording studio features a mixing room and soundproof room for live instruments. The house incorporates photovoltaic and hydronic solar systems, radiant flooring, Low-E commercial glazing, automated house controls and many other energy saving features.
Photos: Courtesy of Steven Kent Architect
Steeling Home was envisioned by Ward Young Architects as a mountain contemporary home that is located in Martis Camp, Lake Tahoe, California. The residence has been described as a New York loft meets mountain living, satisfying the client’s desire to infuse their second home with a taste of New York charm. The design showcases exposed steel beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, raw metal details, sculptural lighting and walnut wood accents. The interior design team of Beth Cohen Design Associates balanced this urban approach by including comfortable furniture, warm tactile fabrics and a rich palette of materials. The exterior is clad in cedar, basalt stone, steel siding, and copper roofing. The home incorporates a pool and large outdoor terraces with firepit, built-in grill and spa. The final result was a mountain getaway with a touch of metropolitan sophistication.
This home received the 2011 Tahoe Quarterly Mountain Home Award in the “Contemporary” category, and also the ASID California Peninsula Chapter’s 27th Annual Design Awards in the “Gold” category for residences over 3,000 square feet.
After entering through the walnut-and-steel pivot door, a two-sided, board-formed concrete fireplace awaits. Inside, the foyer/gallery space flows to open steel stairs with thick walnut treads floating between the stringers, all wrapped with an industrial cable rail system.
Natural and muted materials were used throughout the interiors that complemented rather than competed with the contemporary architecture.
Photos: Courtesy of Ward Young Architects
This Tuscan designed Italian farmhouse features breathtaking views of the Big Sur coastline, which has been designed by architect Mickey Muenning. The home has read more
The Cube House project is an old Victorian home that has been re-imagined by John Maniscalco Architecture for a family of four, located in San Francisco, California. This dilapidated 1895 Victorian with a historically protected facade, abnormally long building footprint, and zero lot-line configuration was transformed into a light-filled home. The introduction of a two-story atrium (which is open to the sky) brings the exterior into the very center of the urban dwelling becoming the spatial organizing gesture, allowing all areas of the house to partake of the light, air, and landscape (both earth and sky) that this protected garden provides.
Utilizing both the transparent and reflective qualities, the glass cube acts to both define each distinct space and extend it. The Jarrah stair, which is framed by the cube, cantilevers from the wall, adding to the transparency and lightness. A wall of Sapele cabinets transforms to respond to the changing requirements of each space, while maintaining the scale of the larger space.
The house maintains an appropriately formal programmatic element – a library – in the room behind the preserved facade. The dining room and living room flank the garden, which a large kitchen opens on two sides to the rear garden and views to the north. Above, the cube is surrounded by two bedrooms and a master bedroom suite with a large rear deck.
The lower level features a media room/guest suite, exercise room, laundry, and a three-car garage.
The solution maintains and restores the historic facade, while adding an additional floor, set back from the street, which utilizes an abstraction of the cornice and fenestration patterns of the existing house.
Photos: Courtesy of John Maniscalco Architecture
This beautiful hillside residence has been designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, sited to engage the undulating hillside and to capture the spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay, located in Kentfield, California. A curved retaining wall follows the contours of the hillside and anchors the house to the steep site. This 5,900 square foot house is tucked under the living roof, which visually merges the house with the land. Growing out of the hillside, the roof is carved away to form a protected courtyard for the swimming pool.
Three volumes housing the living room, kitchen-dining area, and master bedroom rise up above the living roof with shed roofs angled to capture the sun for photovoltaic and solar hot water panels. The house incorporates passive and active heating and cooling systems, battery storage, and a cistern for water runoff management.
Photos: David Wakely Photography
Low/Rise House has been designed by Spiegel Aihara Workshop, located in on a half acre lot in the heart of Silicon Valley, in the affluent town of Menlo Park, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The house re-imagines the suburban housing type through interlocking bars of shared and private program. The composition re-appropriates the traditional forms of the California ranch house and farm tower as tools of environmental performance and social interaction, deployed to create variable density, natural ventilation, solar energy generation, day-lighting, and immersion into the site.
The clients, two professors with grown children, sought a house that could accommodate varying use patterns, creating an intimate environment for their own use as a couple, yet allowing for a spacious and integrated configuration for ten or more family members, and several hundred party guests. This complex programmatic request inspires the specific massing and siting of the building.
The first floor consists of two long and narrow structures that intersect in an open kitchen, providing distinct programmatic areas and settling into the tree-lined landscape, allowing yards to surround and permeate each room. Subtle rotations of the geometry assist in way-finding, as well as identification of the more public and more private functions. The private master suite opens into a fern garden in the eastern corner of the site, while large sliding glass doors suspend the living room within the landscape for family gatherings or larger events.
A compact and vertical guest tower is sited at the western corner of the lot amongst tall evergreens, allowing for a more private guest experience, more compact floor plan, and the ability to effectively shut off (socially and energy-wise) the guest spaces zone by zone during typical daily use. Atop the 30-foot tower, a roof deck emerges through the trees, providing a unique vantage point of the structure below and the surrounding townscape.
This spatial efficiency also provides increased energy efficiency. The high density of the guest spaces allows for stacked building systems that reduce resource consumption, while a hidden solar array over the horizontal spaces produces over 90% of the electrical demand of the house. Combined with the insulated glazing, radiant floor heat, passive cooling, and resilient natural materials, the house prioritizes sustainability in terms of both resources and living patterns.
Through an integral relationship between use, form, and material, the Low/Rise House responds sensitively to site, nature, and neighborhood, creating a new type of suburban living – both urban and rural.
This new house in Coogee in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs is structured around a water feature and double height dining space, making the most of this tight suburban site. Generosity of space is provided through the double height volume, allowing other secondary spaces to be more modest and intimate. The stair is a major element in the house and is designed to be a prominent architectural element, whilst still providing an intimate experience on the stair within the larger space.
The house employs timber extensively in framing, cladding, flooring and ceilings, adding a richness to the spaces and warmth, particularly in the upper levels where occupants are closest to theclear finished timber ceiling. A carefully detailed glass roofed pergola forms the major outdoor space – a space that has proved to be a true living space in itself, adding significantly to the size of the house.
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Ross Residence has been designed by Griffin Enright Architects, situated in a unique community called the Town of Ross, in Marin County, California and is nestled between a stream and a steep hillside above. Entry to the site occurs across a small stream via an existing bridge into a new entry made of charcoal concrete board that wraps around a new foyer and becomes a floating bench. It is a renovation that transforms an existing residence by extending and extruding folded geometries of the existing rooflines to create a contemporary home in the country. A new open living, dining kitchen area with ample wall space for the owner’s art collections is created under the dynamic new roof which splits to bring clearstory light from the east, while simultaneously creating intimacy and differentiation in interior spaces.
A new ipe deck at the front of the house floats at the edge of the existing stream and provides a new outdoor area extending the living space. The entry is made of charcoal concrete board and an open pivot door.
A new entry made of charcoal concrete board wraps around the foyer and creates a floating bench. A custom fabricated, textured ceiling made of CNC milled MDF enhances acoustics and integrates a seemingly randomized lighting pattern, while it also reflects light into the space. The loft-like living space opens up to the north, optimizing the view of a luminous landscape that is perfectly lit for the majority of the day.
A view from the dining room showing stainless steel chainmail curtain over tv and fireplace slot.
The fireplace and TV are cleanly organized in a long slot along the western wall behind a metal mesh curtain that allows the TV to be hidden when not in use. A custom white powder-coated steel hearth floats off the wall and provides seating at the fireplace.
A view of the living room with expansive telescoping glass doors to the exterior and a custom ceiling with recessed lights.
A view of the living room with folded ceiling and a clerestory window to bring light into a loft-like space.
A view form the dining room showing powder coated steel hearth.
The new chef’s kitchen is outfitted for entertaining and yet detailed with furniture like cabinetry details. The custom ceiling has been cut out to provide a slot for the hanging track lighting.
A view from the bedroom into the bathroom with the indoor pool beyond.
A view of the exterior arrival via a wood bridge over a small stream.
Photos: Kyle Jeffers
Hupomone Ranch is a certified LEED Platinum project designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, nestled on 150 acres in the Chileno Valley, just west of downtown Petaluma, a city in Sonoma County, California. The ranch is an original homestead that had been neglected for over 30 years and the owners wanted to build a family house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming, draw on the natural serenity of the site and build on the sense of place in western Petaluma where farming and ranching are still a part of people’s daily lives.
The site has a wonderful balanced quality to it, and the simple grounded form of the barn is sited to compliment this setting and capture the long views to the coastal range beyond. Entering a low porch on the more opaque north side under the loft above, the light-filled house opens up to the expansive view of Sonoma hills to the south and gathers the bedrooms and kitchen to either side.
The house is certified LEED Platinum and features a number of energy saving features exceeding title 24 by over 50 percent. Passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation, Geothermal, radiant cooling and heating along with solar and photovoltaic panels contribute to the house’s energy efficiency. All materials for the project also had to meet specific guidelines, such as lumber that had been sustainably harvested , products produced within a certain distance from the project, or a specified percentage of recycled content.
An integral part of the design, the landscaping by Lutsko Associates includes several outdoor living areas, organized along a riparian restoration and native plantings. To tie it all together, Erin Martin’s interiors compliment the flow of indoor/outdoor living.
Photos: David Wakely
Marin County Residence is an accessible modern home design by Dirk Denison Architects, situated in Marin County, a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of California. This single family house has been designed on one level to provide a barrier-free environment and to capitalize on the potential for an internalized landscape. The plan is based upon an irregular grid, which informs all elements of its composition.
Each programmatic function is contained within an individual building to respond to its specific needs. This enables each space to form a distinct relationship with its own courtyard or garden.
The ceiling plane is fractured and folded along a diagonal pattern, exploring the interplay of light in unique ways.
These spatial volumes are bound together by an enclosing perimeter wall, which creates a single form out of a village of buildings and landscapes. The irregular pattern of openings in this simple wall hints at the home’s underlying geometry and expresses the various functions contained within.
Photos: Joshua McHugh
Sebastopol Residence has been envisioned by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, situated in a heavily forested landscape of Sebastopol, California. Designed for two graphic designers in 2008, this house bridges between two stands of redwood trees, with the northern window wall facing out to the expansive view. Decks located at either end of the house open onto paths that lead to the pool on one side and the studio/garage on the other.
The southern elevation screens the interior from the driveway and road above, but allows southern light in through the clerestory windows. As you enter, a dormer rises up over the dining area to frame the view.
The exterior is clad in cedar siding with a metal roof and the interior features a Douglas fir ceiling and decking, sheetrock walls and Ipe flooring.
The main house is modest in size, only 1,700 square feet, but feels spacious due to an open floor plan. The clients’ wonderful art objects are housed in the long southern wall bookcase.
Photos: David Wakely, David Wakely Photography