Residential Design

VOL1 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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one-story garage that overlaps the glassy two-story façade behind it and incorpo- rates a sheltered entryway. Zinc detailing ties the garage to the rest of the house, and glass slots emit light to the street. Both levels of this bar-shaped, steel- and-glass structure are organized along a central spine that runs from front to back on the narrow leg of the lot. The first floor's kitchen, dining room, and living room are arrayed on one side of the spine facing west into the oak trees. The side yard is an extension of all those spaces—cooking, living, and dining can occur inside or out. The result is an almost magical house that balances expansive outdoor living with pockets of privacy. Either way, nature is never far away. Light Cubed Palo Alto takes neighborliness seriously; its planning code called for respecting people's privacy while also showing evidence of life at the front of the house— no turning your back to the street. "They would encourage a garage in back and living in the front, but this lot was so skinny that it wouldn't have made sense to do that," David says. He drew a started to suggest this idea of nests— sleeping nests—in the canopy of trees." The house's position on the site underscores this quality. The flat, flag-shaped lot is narrow at the street, widens toward the back, and contains a majestic grove of redwoods on the left near the front and two monumen- tal-scale live oaks on the right, "midway up the flagpole," David says. He slipped a slender, two-story house between those trees, with interlocking vertical and horizontal volumes and a floor plan that shifts to grab living and viewing zones outside the building envelope. Above and right: Wherever possible, punched windows frame leafy views. The minimalist palette combines zinc, sawn red cedar, and white walls that animate with the shadowy movements of the trees. 45 VOL. 1, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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