Situated on a lush acre estate with a canopy of old growth live oaks, this property is a hidden gem amongst a suburban backdrop. In order to meet the client’s desires and maintain a clear concept, the overall design process began with the intent to preserve and benefit from the natural elements that exist on the property.
The abundance of natural vegetation served as defined edges of the parti, reinforcing the east west axis that the building’s plan is oriented on. Overlaid on that axis is the central 3 story entry hall which serves to divide the plan into public and private portions of the space. The main double height living room area is hidden from the street view by a stone feature wall that wraps into the foyer and forms the western wall of the entry hall. This wall is punctured only by the ‘floating’ office volume, articulated in wooden slats. The office overlooks both the front yard and the pool area as it hovers above the living room, and is connected to the rest of the house by a steel and glass bridge suspended inside the entry hall’s 3 story space. A second steel and glass bridge connects the 1,200 square foot master suite to the rest of the space. The main feature in the suite is a centrally located ‘sky shower’ which will provide natural light and ventilation into the space. The roof over the master suite and children’s room wing will serve as layout space for the photovoltaic solar panels, while the roof over the double height living room area serves as a sun deck, finished in Ipe wood planks.