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Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Interesting Houses | 4 comments | Print Print

Tiburon

The owners had lived in Tiburon, California for many years, dreaming of one day transforming their low, one story home into a setting befitting their spectacular site perched above San Francisco Bay. Their dreams began to be realized in 2005 with the design of a 2000 square foot addition, coupled with a complete renovation of the existing 3,200 square foot house.

The site is a half-acre south-facing hillside parcel, with unobstructed views of San Francisco Bay to the south, east and west. Responding to the physical conditions of the site, the new house is almost entirely opaque on the north side where a new entrance motor court is defined by a rhythm of five ‘free-standing’ stone-clad walls. Slivers of glass separate the stone panels, creating a strong rhythm while giving little hint of the extraordinary spaces and views on the other side.

The progression of space begins with a low, compressed entry, leading to a circulation spine. Bathed in light from clerestory windows and skylights, the spine overlooks a new living, dining and kitchen ‘pavilion’, and new south-facing terraces, with world-class views of San Francisco Bay beyond. Frameless glazing, pocketing glass doors, and dramatic cantilevered roof extentions seamlessly connect interior space to exterior space, blurring the boundary between the two.

4 Comments

  1. Love these types of houses, but all they build is stucco & drywall traps for us plebes.

  2. Beautiful house and location–and the site of a famous Supreme Court land use case. If one is curious about why real estate is so high in California (hint: it’s not the weather), one begins to get a sense by reading Agins v. City of Tiburon (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=447&invol=255).

    Sadly, as bad as that case is, it was a significant improvement in the status of property rights from prior years–and was overruled in 2006, which means that zoning boards everywhere are able to stymie development unchecked by meaningful judicial review.

  3. WOW, now your talkin’. That is one amazing house.

  4. Lovely! Absolutely lovely, what a pity I cant afford it;D

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