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Sherman Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

  • 01:00 - 22 May, 2009
Sherman Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Sherman Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Sherman Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Sherman Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Sherman Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Sherman Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mill Valley, CA, United States
  • Architects

    LOHA Architects
  • Principal In Charge

    Lorcan O’Herlihy
  • Project Team

    Michael Poirier, Juan Diego Gerscovich, Su Yingzi
  • Project Manager

    Kuo-Huei Tsai
  • Structural Engineer

    Paul Francheschi
  • Client

    Tony and Rachel Sherman
  • Area

    386.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

From the architect. The house sits on a south facing hillside on a ridge overlooking the upper Tamalpais Valley and San Francisco Bay beyond. The complexities found in the natural landscape and topography of Mill Valley, with its spiraling movement of folded planes and steep hillsides, established dynamic conditions critical to the direction of the overall architectural solution.

Complexity came in the tethering of the house to the hill. The primary level, which houses the main public spaces, is visually anchored to the site as it bends in plan along natural contour lines. Simultaneously, the house cantilevers over the precipitous incline, its main floor supported by horizontal steel beams. 

The beams attach to the rear house wall, reinforced for additional strength. In the rear, the house stands on steel columns with diagonal bracing embedded in concrete foundation beams. A composition of floating rain screen wood skin and smooth troweled plaster are innovatively used on the exterior skin to further articulate the geologic conditions of the surrounding valley.

The upper volume folds in section and in plan creating a dynamic dialogue with the main level. This level houses the glass walled master bedroom suite that has panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay.

Cite: "Sherman Residence / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects" 22 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/22128/sherman-residence-lorcan-o%25e2%2580%2599herlihy-architects/>
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Architectural photographer · June 15, 2011

Very nice placement and architectural work, and also good interior design. Thanks for sharing.

Deasy Pesoth · October 01, 2010

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MATHEUS TAVARES · June 02, 2010

Qdo eu crescer quero ser assim, kkkk http://www.archdaily.com/22128...

sara · March 29, 2010

nice building.
Good interiors.

oreille · May 24, 2009

Agree with L.Grays ! I guess, there is ugliest houses around, but this is not a masterpiece at all, just OK for me.

Lucas Gray · May 24, 2009

This house is not minimalism at its best. It isn't even minimalism. The form is rather complex and quite clumsy. The interiors seem alright although it looks as if they are borrowing ideas from steven holl with the pattern of window frames in some of those images.

Pazey · May 23, 2009

It's nice.
Good place for such residence!

MJ · May 23, 2009

California typical.

david basulto · May 23, 2009
52 · May 23, 2009

Nice interors but don't quite understand the canted volume finished in channel glass - would rather be able to go out on that roof and enjoy the view! Could be planted too.
Fin

skubanga · May 23, 2009

it's a nice building, especially the interior, but with all those unprotected glassfacades to the west it must be heavily airconditioned ?

christos · May 23, 2009

can't get any better...excelent work, minimalism at its best!!

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