Organized along a north/south axis, the buildings have been situated so that void space between the buildings will allow for defined outdoor courtyards but with informal circulation routes in and around the buildings. These outdoor courtyards while similar in vocabulary are intended to be experienced differently as each is orientated in a different direction to capture distinct views of the site beyond.
As the residence is intended for use as a rural, weekend retreat for a family living in San Francisco, particular focus was paid to heighten the experience of being in the country. As such, the public spaces of the house have extensive amounts of glazing that allow for unobstructed views the adjacent outdoor spaces and the landscape beyond. Additionally, direct access through sliding and swing doors to wood decks that wrap around the main house and guest house spaces provide a literal and metaphoric transition to the outdoor spaces beyond......more