Feeling at home in the modern world to me means maintaining an atmosphere supports my personal interests and daily routine, while providing a connection to the surrounding environment, natural and manmade.
The private residence, that peers northward towards the Golden Gate Bridge, strives to live up to this mantra by providing 3 cozy bedrooms and 2 baths, an art studio/office with a half bath, an open living/dining/kitchen area with operable windows that invites a connection to the outdoors, a lengthy corridor that connects the living space with bedrooms that also serves as an art gallery, a garage that provides space for a workshop and sporting equipment storage, a rooftop patio for entertaining and relaxing, and a small yard complete with a hot-tub and outdoor shower for rinsing off after surf sessions. The house responds to the site and surrounding environment by stretching East-West on the horizontal site looking northward to the Ocean and view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The house avoids complicated connections and minimizes structure and building material with a simple rectilinear form. Utility spaces are arranged in a configuration that minimizes Electrical and plumbing runs. The north wall is primarily clad with windows to allow for stunning views and natural ventilation further diminishing energy cost. The house is complete with everything necessary to feel comfortable in the modern world without having a heavy impact on the environment. #designyourdwelling2008