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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see the redwoods behind you." Translucent glass in the stairwell and corridors refracts daylight into the cen- ter of the roughly north-south-oriented house. The design also makes liberal use of skylights and clerestories, which wash ceilings in light. With the landscape bracketing the architecture, the material palette was kept simple and modest. The garage volume's sawn red cedar reappears in- side, providing a warm inner liner that resonates with the trees. David used it to wrap some of the walls and ceilings and domesticate the outdoor seating space that extends the living room into the landscape. The living room wall opens on a sliding track, and the ceiling carries the wood beyond that line. In keeping with their intimate tree house vibe, the second-story bedrooms have oak floors and punched windows that frame views of the leafy canopies, To the left of the corridor are an office, family room, and workout room. Upstairs it is the bedrooms—"floating sleeping pods"—that gaze into the trees, while another study, a laundry, and a master bath line the other side of the hall. A theme recurs: the blurring of indoor-outdoor boundaries verging on illusion. To the left of the two-story entryway, a glass wall frames the stand of redwood trees. "Once you're in the house and look back, it's pretty pro- nounced as a frame," David says. "One of my favorite pieces of architecture is the VDL house by Neutra. It was very experimental, and after it burned down and was redesigned it had all these inter- locking spaces. He even used reflection, either with water or a mirror, to play a Cubist-like game with the volumes. We tried to create those interlocking spaces so that when you enter the house, there are mirrored surfaces that allow you to This page: Indoors and outdoors blend seamlessly when window systems are unfurled to the garden. 46 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 DESIGN LAB NATURE CURATED

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