Form, movement, and energy flow through space are guiding elements in this home designed for a sculptor and her teenage son. The site’s sloping topography is utilized to invert the traditional relationship between public and private areas of the home. Entry, living room, kitchen, and dining are located on the upper street level and overlook a common area and bedrooms below. The core of the home is comprised of a sculptural double height space with a sweeping balcony and clerestory windows flooding both levels with natural light. A climbing wall for the son (an avid rock climber) supplements the stairs as an additional means of vertical circulation.
The materials of the brick and stucco existing garden walls were incorporated into the house, unifying the two as a cohesive composition. This, coupled with the home’s use of the natural slope, gives it a strong connection to its site. Natural cedar and a low-slung profile visually relate the house to the primarily one-story wood-sided cottages along the street.
Photo credit: Carlo Nasisse