Overlook Guest House / Schwartz and Architecture

Overlook Guest House / Schwartz and Architecture

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Los Gatos, United States
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    MH Engineering
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    LC Engineering
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    Pacific Geotechnical Engineering
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    Soldata Energy Consulting
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    Pritchard/Peck Lighting
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Text description provided by the architects. Despite an extremely steep, almost undevelopable, wooded site, the Overlook Guest House strategically creates a new fully accessible indoor/outdoor dwelling unit that allows an aging family member to remain close by and at home.

© Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

Designing a fully accessible new home for a mobility-impaired aging in-law on a steep and wooded hillside site requires a highly efficient and site sensitive footprint, already both hallmarks of good sustainable design.

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This 2-bedroom, 775 sq ft home employs a low-impact drilled pier foundation system to perch the structure delicately on this steep site; balancing cut and fill while maximizing views and an expansive feel.

© Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

With much of the small interior spaces being allocated to accessibility and movement, it becomes a design imperative to capture exterior space as part of the functional portion of the home. 

© Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

A seamless transition between interior and exterior environment is amplified by a single floor slab and overhead plane that unite the residential wing and the opposing garage of the home. The resulting covered area increases the usable floor area using a minimum of building resources. 

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© Matthew Millman

A prominent roof oculus within this covered “courtyard” space provides for a dynamic interior / exterior space directly adjacent to indoor living space as well as promotes a cooling air flow through the often harsh micro-climate of the site.

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© Matthew Millman

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Cite: "Overlook Guest House / Schwartz and Architecture" 28 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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