The design of this house transforms a 1950’s midcentury modern single story hillside home into a secluded retreat. It is a gently sloping private site with dramatic views of Mt. Tamalpais and Richardson Bay.
The goal of the design was to connect with nature from every room and create a dialog between the quiet simplicity of the architecture, the close textures of the landscape and the distant views and to craft a balance between looking inward and looking outward.
Photo credits: Brooke Duthie Photography and Markoff/Fullerton Architects
Four Corners House | Mill Valley, CA
Our clients liked their small 1940s home but wanted to update and expand it. We preserved many of the "bones" of the house and strategically edited and added to create clean, open modern spaces that capture views and light and make connections between inside and outside. It was a great collaboration with clients who participated fully in the design process and contributed great furnishings and art that bring the architecture to life.
Photo credits: Paul Dyer
Beyond the Tetons House | Alta, WY
The design of project is a response to the topography, vegetation and climate. Parallel concrete walls delineate the grain of the land. Zinc-clad roof plates rise from sloping plains then fold to shape living spaces below. Long obliquely cut eaves provide shelter from extreme sun and snow and frame views in four directions. The group of buildings sits near the crest of a hill close by a vibrant creek. By working with the grain of the land, their orientation minimizes their prominence on the landscape while optimizing solar exposure.
Across the Meadow House | Alta, WY
This project is the second phase of our original Alta, WY project. The home distills the elements of the original project into a smaller home for the next generation of the family. The house is sited to maintain a balance between separation and community and to align with the grain of the topography and views to the Tetons.
Point House | Mill Valley, CA
Arroyo House | Pasadena, CA
The original rambling, inwardly focused ranch style house was reinterpreted as two conceptually solid wings framing and opening up to a sequence of three void spaces: entry courtyard, glass-walled living room and pool terrace. These "landscape" spaces visually and spatially connect the house to its site at the edge the Arroyo Seco.
Base Camp House | Mill Valley, CA
This project is under construction and scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019.
The land is unique with a powerful direct relationship to Mt. Tamalpais' East Peak and Marin County Open Space. The project opens toward the undeveloped lands. The forms of the house work with the forms of the land and not as rectilinear counterpoint. The parts are arranged in a geometry that is fitted to the land.
Natural wood siding, stone walls and roof terraces further integrate the house into the landscape.
Trees and windows and eaves are strategically arranged to provide privacy between neighbors and shelter from the sun and also open the interior to views and connection to outside spaces.
Urban Renewal House | San Francisco, CA
The project is a modern interpretation of traditional forms, scale and materials, providing our client with an open plan and clean aesthetic while keeping the rhythm and scale of the neighborhood intact. This renovation and addition urban-infill features many sustainable elements including significant reuse of existing construction, use of non-toxic materials throughout, roof-top PV and solar thermal and an edible garden with a clothesline sculpture.
The original lower level was added to and transformed into a painting studio. The use of raw materials such as concrete, raw structural steel and stained plywood and its connection to the street and garden, give it a grounded quality that is a deliberate counterpoint to the more abstract, light-connected, view-connected quality of the upper level which is for living and music listening. The upper and lower levels are connected spatially and visually by void spaces and steel columns that project up and down through the upper floor. The ceilings of the highest reaches are illuminated by skylights.
Ross Ridge House | Ross, CA
This remodel and addition project straddles the ridge between the Town of Ross and Kent Woodands. After we received planning approvals in both jurisdictions for this design the client choose to undertake a new house project on a different property with us.
Microgreen House | Mill Valley, CA
Our client asked us to expand a small cottage; to add as little new space as possible to accommodate her needs but make it feel much larger, make it wholly non-toxic, energy efficient, filled with daylight, and to maximize the quality and connection to the lot’s outdoor spaces for gathering and edible gardens.
The house was featured on the Build It Green Homes Tour in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Build It Green chose the project for its Best Home Renovation Award and the hundreds of tour participants gave it their People’s Choice Award for all the tour homes in Marin. The house was also featured in the article “Eco-friendly and Stylish Too,” Marin IJ.
A minimal live / work dwelling was generated following the existing house's strong organizational diagram, the location of its structural steel frame and an analysis of the limits of the tight, steep site. Solving placement of the interior stair unlocked the plan for the entire scheme. At the lower level the live / work spaces and the interior stair replace two parking spaces. At the upper level the existing house is wrapped with a layer of outdoor rooms and is reworked to strengthen indoor / outdoor connections, open interior spaces and increase natural light, ventilation and views.