An existing 2,200 square foot ranch in Lafayette, CA was demolished to its existing foundation - save for a single bathroom wall - and transformed into a light-filled five-bedroom, three-bath home. 700 square feet of new space was sewn into the foundation of the existing house, adding two bedrooms and a new kitchen/dining wing. A series of roof monitors tie together new master and family wings across light filled, corner connected spaces.
The monochromatic wood and stucco exterior features both painted wood and stained cedar siding, with deep overhangs, exposed rafters and structural steel members. Windows are shadow-boxed to create depth at all wall punches.
The existing 10,200 square foot lot was redesigned to accommodate a new projecting rear wing. A covered cabana and small garage replaced the oversized existing garage, leaving greater room for the pool while maintaining a two-car parking requirement.
This project was completed in November, 2016.
Love House Interior
The interior layout of this house features a series of flowing, bright family spaces joined at the corners.
Light in the house is dynamic, full-range, and shifting; cedar roof monitors cast moving beams across interior surfaces throughout the day, and the entry foyer doubles as a bright-green atrium for the front of the house.
The rear living room and kitchen facades feature fully retractable windows, allowing for a seamless indoor / outdoor living space across the rear courtyard on temperate days.
A steel framed concrete panel wall forms a thin partition screen between dining and pantry areas, adding dimension and utility to the kitchen.
Oceangrid_Gouache Series, Fall 2017
Studio, Sketch and Full
Whitewash is a sculpture and furniture series constructed with found driftwood, bronze, eucalyptus, wire, walnut, and white paint. These pieces - including Strands and Flock - were displayed at Esqueleto Oakland in June and July of 2016. Selected pieces are available for sale.
Ramah in New England
Camp Ramah, a New England summer camp with 8500 square feet of educational program requirements, agreed that a cloister of three buildings - a synogogue, classrooms and a library - might better preserve the beauty of the wooded site than a single large building.
The distribution of the buildings via continuous porch roofs and heavy cedar posts has encouraged an ideal social and education dynamic for year-round learning, especially during rainy summer days and deep winter snows.
This project was dedicated in June, 2002.
Images 1 and 2: Sonoma Hillside Residence - Nestled into a hillside above Sonoma. Cast in place concrete, and burnt wood cladding.
Image 3: Project Under Construction
Waterfront City, Beirut, with SB Architects. Designed in 2013, Currently under construction.
Black Mountain Ranch, San Diego, Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Unbuilt Project
Silo Ridge, Amenia, NY, Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Unbuilt Project
Arnhem Musiskwartier Details, Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Dedicated in 2006