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Atherton Residence / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

  • 01:00 - 9 November, 2009
Atherton Residence / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Atherton Residence / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, © David Wakely
© David Wakely

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Atherton, CA, United States
  • Architect

    Turnbull Griffin Haesloop - Eric Haesloop, FAIA and Mary Griffin, FAIA, John Kleman, Evan Markiewicz, Jule Tsai
  • Landscape Architects

    Lutsko Associates
  • Engineer

    Mike Forbes, Fratessa Forbes Wong
  • Lighting

    Eric Johnson, Eric Johnson Associates
  • Interiors

    Margaret Turnbull Simon, ASID of Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
  • General Contractor

    Carter Seddon, Carter Seddon Construction
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. 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.

© David Wakely
© David Wakely

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.

Environmental diagram
Environmental diagram

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.

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irena atkovska · August 21, 2012

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elizabeth · March 17, 2011

i would love to see more diagrams... sections/elevations

Beta Quach · December 09, 2010

Atherton Residence / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop via @archdaily - I love the flow of the layout, best I&#39ve seen

Jake · May 05, 2010

matinho do lado de casa =)

Luiz Dumont · April 06, 2010

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L Wilde · January 19, 2010

Atherton Residence Amazing house - love the focus on the natural elements

Hugh McIntyre · January 15, 2010

nice house i want to go to there

eprhum · January 14, 2010

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Juice Lady · January 14, 2010

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Paul Leder · January 14, 2010

Wenn DAS mal kein Haus ist:

clairde · December 20, 2009

Impressive! I would like to live there

martin rubow · November 12, 2009


look at our site for 'kingo school' , related ?

Dan Fried and Olga Karpiw · November 12, 2009

Fabulous. We'd move in tomorrow. Who says "modern" architecture is abstract and dysfunctional. This house is GREAT!

Hannah Fried · November 12, 2009

What a house! Really admire the open design, and the integration with the outdoors.

sophie fried · November 12, 2009

spectacular! very unique. can I live here please?

Talia · November 12, 2009

Wow. This house is gorgeous.

adf · November 11, 2009

Very clean and simple – but where is the art? It could use a little bit of warmth inside.

Robesfran · November 11, 2009

Excelent; DESIGN, FORM, FUNCTION, this is architecture, great integration between indoor,outdoor, this hapens when you have clients that trust in your skills, and also have a great budget, great PROJECT..

derustun · November 11, 2009

I love this house! Both interior and exterior designs are in peaceful harmony..

ZIED · November 11, 2009

I do like the design, in fact I think it's very successful.
the pool is very well placed.
But this idea of having big huge glass walls will rais quistions about privecy

harry · November 10, 2009

I like the open view, a very good design

moldingdesign · November 10, 2009

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cad · November 09, 2009

My dream house, a longer overhang would have been perfect.

the uninformed observer · November 09, 2009

The best residence I've seen this year. What a success! Thanks for your good work.


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