The opportunity to live simultaneously in the center of the city and in an isolated refuge presented a powerful circumstance for this family of four. The house emphasizes a dynamic spatial sequence while also creating an abstract backdrop for the serendipity of light, reflection, circumstance and view.

An unmitigated roof defines a precinct for living and creates continuity throughout the property while a delicate custom-glazed window wall, accentuated by monolithic corner glazing, connects the interior to the outdoors. Inhabitation is here defined between a lush front courtyard and a dynamic expanse of nature behind. A magnificent live oak with an unusually tall trunk allowed for adjustment of the steep grade. The ubiquitous wood ceiling opens to allow the tree to pass through and an ipe deck permits the penetration of water. A second opening in the ceiling invites light and rain deep into the core of the house.



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