Residential Design

VOL1 2019

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Going High, Going Low The lot's location in a flood plain also informed the design. Lifting the build- ing about 18 inches on a concrete plinth put it above the high-water mark and created an ad-hoc bench that people can sit on outside the main living spaces. A reservoir near the fire pit at the back of the lot absorbs excess water. As this project shows, site-specific architecture can call out the salient qualities of even a small suburban plot. And a close reading of the landscape can infuse architecture with a light- ness it might not otherwise have. For example, the living spaces at the side and back of the house have a horizontal connection to the pool and a vertical relationship to the tree, David says, and lights hanging from the live oak rein- force those physical extensions. "Privacy is afforded just by virtue of being low in the landscape with things floating above you, and on the upper level by being in the canopy of trees," David says. "That concept is one I'd like to play with again on another project, but it's particularly relevant to this site because of the dense suburban context. The goal is that when you walk into the house, you forget where you are—out of sight, out of mind." —Cheryl Weber Tree House Palo Alto, California ARCHITECT: Principals Joshua Aidlin & David Darling; project designer Melinda Turner; project team Kent Chiang, Zac Rockett, Aidlin Darling Design, San Francisco BUILDER: De Mattei Construction, San Jose, Calif. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Surface Design, San Francisco STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Berkeley Structural Design, Berkeley, Calif. PROJECT SIZE: 5,870 square feet SITE SIZE: .30 acre CONSTRUCTION COST: Withheld PHOTOGRAPHY: Adam Rouse KEY PRODUCTS COOKTOP AND OVENS: Miele COUNTERTOPS: Carrara marble, Corian DOORS AND WINDOWS: Fleetwood EXTERIOR CLADDING: VMZINC FAUCETS: Elkay, Waterworks, Hansgrohe FINISH MATERIALS: stained rough-sawn cedar GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Insinkerator HVAC: AO Smith, Taco Comfort Solutions radiant floor system LIGHTING: Halo, Lutron PAINTS/STAINS/COATINGS: Benjamin Moore PHOTOVOLTAICS: Design Build Solar Thermal REFRIGERATOR: Sub-Zero ROOFING: IB SINKS: Blanco, Kohler, Elkay STRUCTURAL GLASS: West Coast Insulated Glass Products TOILETS AND TUB: Duravit VENT HOOD: Arc Zephyr WASHER/DRYER: Samsung WINDOW SHADING SYSTEMS: Mecho Shade Slimline 50 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 DESIGN LAB NATURE CURATED

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