Overlook Guest House in Los Gatos

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Overlook Guest House in Los Gatos

Indoor Outdoor Dwelling, CA, United States – design By Schwartz and Architecture, Architects

Feb 23, 2016

Overlook Guest House

Location: Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, USA (just south of San Francisco)

Design: Schwartz and Architecture

Overlook Guest House

Despite an extremely steep, almost undevelopable, wooded site, the Overlook Guest House strategically creates a new fully accessible indoor/outdoor dwelling unit that allows an aging family member to remain close by and at home.

Overlook Guest House

Overlook Guest House

Designing a fully accessible new home for a mobility-impaired aging in-law on a steep and wooded hillside site requires a highly efficient and site sensitive footprint, already both hallmarks of good sustainable design.

Overlook Guest House

Overlook Guest House

This 2-bedroom, 775 sq ft home employs a low-impact drilled pier foundation system to perch the structure delicately on this steep site; balancing cut and fill while maximizing views and an expansive feel. With much of the small interior spaces being allocated to accessibility and movement, it becomes a design imperative to capture exterior space as part of the functional portion of the home.

Overlook Guest House

Overlook Guest House

A seamless transition between interior and exterior environment is amplified by a single floor slab and overhead plane that unite the residential wing and the opposing garage of the home. The resulting covered area increases the usable floor area using a minimum of building resources. A prominent roof oculus within this covered “courtyard” space provides for a dynamic interior / exterior space directly adjacent to indoor living space as well as promotes a cooling air flow through the often harsh micro-climate of the site.

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Overlook Guest House in Los Gatos – Building Information

Location: Los Gatos, CA, USA
YearEAR: 2015
Area: 775 sq ft

Overlook Guest House

Overlook Guest House

Photography: Matthew Millman

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