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Constant Springs Residence / Alterstudio Architecture

  • 14:00 - 17 January, 2019
  • Curated by Clara Ott
Constant Springs Residence / Alterstudio Architecture
Constant Springs Residence / Alterstudio Architecture, © Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

© Casey Dunn © Casey Dunn © Casey Dunn © Leonid Furmansky + 18

  • Structural Engineer

    Scott Williamson
  • Contractor

    Chris Hill (owner) and Mark Paulsen
  • HVAC

    Positive Energy
  • Landscape

    BDW Landscaping
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© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

Text description provided by the architects. The opportunity to live simultaneously in the center of the city and in an isolated refuge presented a powerful circumstance for this family of four.  Within a very ordinary neighborhood, this home is oriented to take maximum advantage of the unexpected escarpment, creek and natural views offered at the rear of the property.

© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

An unmitigated roof defines a precinct for living and creates continuity throughout the property while a delicate custom-glazed window wall, accentuated by monolithic corner glazing, connects the interior to the outdoors.  Inhabitation is here defined between a lush front courtyard and a dynamic expanse of nature behind.

© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

A magnificent live oak with an unusually tall trunk allowed for adjustment of the steep grade.  The ubiquitous Cedar ceiling opens to allow it the tree pass through, and an Ipe deck permits the penetration of water.  A second opening in the ceiling invites light and rain deep into the center of the house.  The house emphasizes a dynamic spatial sequence while at the same time creating an abstract backdrop for the serendipity of light, reflection, circumstance and view. 

© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

Inside, a rich palette of materials, furniture and detailed cabinetry punctuate the ensemble to add a sense of finesse and offer points of stasis to the compelling and omnipresent out-of-doors.  Here, a straight-grain, Western Red Cedar ceiling and vertical siding, white Terrazzo floors, grey Leuders limestone and a custom steel-and-White Oak entry door demonstrate great constructional aplomb and detail — all the more special as it was built by the owner in his first foray into being a general contractor. 

© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

Exceptional care was taken with the kitchen in particular. Omnipresent, a stunning Calacatta Lincoln marble countertop waterfalls around a vertical, end-grain White Oak kick, while a monumentally scaled, acid-etched mirror backsplash presents a mysteriously luminous backdrop to the life of the house.

© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

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Cite: "Constant Springs Residence / Alterstudio Architecture" 17 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/909435/constant-springs-residence-alterstudio-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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