Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

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

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Above right: Walnut accents in the island and on the vent hood coupled with large-format porcelain floor tiles elevate the look of the kitchen area. Right: Another window wall opens the master bedroom to a small deck. blends with the rest of the house rather than standing out as a discrete space. Its pops of walnut—the range hood, the island—read as pieces of furniture, while the butler's pantry around the corner keeps countertop appliances out of view. Likewise, the kitchen's large-format porcelain floor tiles are low-maintenance and have an elegance that a concrete floor doesn't have, Yanai says. Upstairs, the architects' interest in opening up strategic outdoor views continued to drive the design. The master suite in the back, two bedrooms, and the office at the front lie along a single hallway, so that there is a view of the sky and tree canopy at each end of the corridor. Here, too, the landscape is experienced in a way that lets all the in- terior spaces expand. "We're mindful of what you are looking at when you turn a corner or are headed down a passage or stairs," says Yanai. If the clients are delighted with their private yet porous house, hopefully the neighbors are, too. Although not explic- itly Spanish, it respects the street with its stucco and restraint. Its volumes step up toward the back of the site to preserve the neighborhood scale, and the metal garage door is painted a warm brown. "We don't do architecture for the sake of architecture," Yanai says. "Our architecture is pretty restrained, not minimal but simple."—C.W. 60 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 DESIGN LAB CITY HOUSES

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