Palo Alto Residence in California

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Palo Alto Residence in California

Modern San Francisco Area Residence, California, USA – design by Studio VARA

Jul 4, 2019

Palo Alto Residence

Design: Studio VARA

Location: Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA

Palo Alto Residence in California

A young couple approached Studio VARA to design a new ground-up residence for their busy family of five on a prominent yet petite corner lot in Old Palo Alto.

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With a generous program and a limited allowable footprint, they challenged teh architects to create a small, flexible home with a large presence.

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To solve this puzzle, we conceived of the house as a Rubik’s Cube of tightly interlocking spaces that expand outward into a landscape of intimate yet generous outdoor rooms.

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To break up the massing and achieve lightness within a compact, rectilinear envelope, we used distinct materials to articulate three stacked volumes that shift and recede from sight as they move up: concrete for the basement, wood at the main level, and dark zinc for the top floor.

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The main level is lifted slightly above grade, allowing deep light wells to penetrate underground and provide light and air to a full basement. Carefully considered window placement adds ornament and rhythm to the façade.

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Inside, sumptuous materials and sophisticated detailing make the home feel large and luxurious. Uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow the outdoors and daylight to penetrate the house and maximize sightlines to achieve a feeling of spaciousness. Elegant, carefully considered cabinetry and built-ins in the kitchen and entertaining areas on the main level ensure that the open plan does not feel loft-like.

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A sculptural steel stair set against a continuous stone-slab wall anchors the entire house and unifies the three levels. Upstairs, the master suite and bedrooms are strategically organized to ensure privacy and views outside.

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Studio VARA provided a full range of services to weave the architecture, interiors, furnishings, and landscape into a seamless, integrated whole.

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Palo Alto Residence, California – Building Information

Architects: Studio VARA

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Photography: Matthew Millman Photography

Palo Alto Residence in San Francisco, California images / information received 040719 from v2com newswire

Location: Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA




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