Mill Valley, CA
The original home on this half-acre site was a dilapidated mid-century modern box in need of extensive repair. Over 15 years and 3 additions, the house was transformed into an icon of modernity rooted in the original design aesthetics of the 50's. Expanding on the concept of open plan, transparency, and natural materiality, the design integrates the exterior materials on the interior by bringing the warm redwood, rustic concrete, and natural stone into the interior vocabulary. Large expanses of glass allow for extensive views of the wooded canyon, with each volume connected by a translucent steel and glass canopy which defines the front entrance bridge. The final addition was the kitchen expansion where a translucent glass roof was utilized to allow for all day illumination in the heart of the home, ever changing shadows of the adjacent redwoods are cast on the ceiling of the new kitchen and den; an exquisite marriage of inside and out.