Sustainable design was incorporated throughout the project. We implemented passive solar design strategies, including south-facing windows protected by overhangs and large expanses of glass set deep inside beveled portals. The first level has exposed concrete floors to absorb and release the sun’s energy in the winter. Triple-pane windows and spray-foam insulation form a tight thermal envelope.
Oversized sliding doors provide an abundance of fresh, cool air, and when needed, the zoned HVAC system efficiently moderates indoor temperature and humidity. Durable interior finishes were selected for longevity. For the exterior, we clad the structure with a recyclable, maintenance-free zinc rainscreen.
Outdoors, a green roof system mitigates rain water runoff and drought-tolerant landscaping reduces the need for watering. Existing plantings were incorporated into the new design: large trees were maintained and protected during construction; smaller trees were relocated out of the construction zone and replanted.
This home takes a unique approach to city living by dramatically integrating with the landscape. The owners, a couple with three children, wanted a private, yet light-filled home with a strong connection to the outdoors. Program requirements included open-plan living with space for art, master suite with private deck and spa, rooftop sport court, and a kid’s hangout room with bunks for sleepovers.
The home is located on a double lot in a residential neighborhood, offering opportunities for light exposure but challenges to privacy. An L-shaped footprint defines private space at the rear of the home and is oriented to maximize exposure to natural light. The front elevation is composed of three parallel planes that step back from the street, preserving privacy while permitting framed views through perpendicular floor-to-ceiling windows inset between the planes.
A unique design element is slab-on-grade construction which locates interior and exterior spaces at the same level, promoting indoor-outdoor living. A double-height great room with a window wall and oversize sliding doors amplifies the connection to the yard, which includes a dining patio, built-in BBQ, and a fireplace lounge defined by a steel pergola with an oculus.
The structure is clad in warm, standing-seam zinc panels, and a garden of trees and weathered steel planters guide a path to the front door—an effect that is both striking and subdued. The rear elevation is defined by asymmetrical beveled portals that provide solar shading. These dynamic details compliment outdoor spaces, including an oversized yard and textural plantings.