Location: Atherton, California, USA
Architect: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop – Eric Haesloop, FAIA and Mary Griffin, FAIA, John Kleman, Evan Markiewicz, Jule Tsai
Interiors: Margaret Turnbull Simon, ASID of Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Landscape Architects: Lutsko Associates
Engineer: Mike Forbes, Fratessa Forbes Wong
Lighting: Eric Johnson, Eric Johnson Associates
General Contractor: Carter Seddon, Carter Seddon Construction
Photographer: David Wakely, David Wakely Photography
Located on the peninsula south of San Francisco, this house sits on an internal suburban flag lot. The previous 1950’s house, which was removed due to structural problems, featured mature landscaping and a manmade pond that the clients wanted to preserve. They wanted their new house to be a private retreat that maximizes the drama of the pond and takes advantage of the privacy of the site. As advocates of year round outdoor dining and entertaining, the clients wanted a house that would open up to the landscape and have as many outdoor rooms as possible.
The design solution breaks the program into four buildings – main house, study, pool house and garage – that ring the edge of the site and focus inwards on the pond, garden and pool. The main house features a butterfly roof that turns up to the south with a dramatic overhang. Large sliding glass doors open directly out to the pond and terrace.
The roofs conceal photovoltaic and solar hot water panels. The house is heated with a radiant system in the stone floors, and despite the hot climate it is not air conditioned, but passively cooled with a combination of overhangs, shades, and operable windows. The house also features many green building materials, including high fly-ash concrete, formaldehyde-free casework and denim insulation. The new house creates a special place for the clients, making a main residence feel like a vacation retreat.
Products in this project
- Outdoor shower: Axor Philippe Starck by Hansgrohe
- Soy‐based spray foam insulation: 501 + 2000NB by BioBased Systems, LLC
- Limestone by Eurostone, Inc.
- Cabinetry by Columbia Forest Products
- High‐efficiency boiler: Vitodens 200 by Viessmann
- Range by Viking
- Refrigerator by Sub Zero
- Dishwasher by Bosch
- Lightning by Lutron
- Lightning by RSA Lighting
- Standing seam metal roof by AEP Span
- Paint by Benjamin Moore