INNOVATIVE DESIGNS BY NORTH AMERICA’S LEADING ARCHITECTS | Category: Sustainable
TOP RIGHT: In the 6,500-square-foot hillside residence, a bridge connects the guest and family wings; an outdoor living and dining area offers communal space for residents of both parts of the house. Retaining walls forge flat areas for the covered terraces, sitting areas, and pool and combined hot tub, tying the house to the hilly landscaping.
TOP LEFT: The Belvedere Island residence---originally two properties merged into one lot---overlooks the Richardson’s Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay, extending to Sausalito. Retired with small children, the homeowners wished for a contemporary, international-style resort home also suitable for warm family gatherings. In keeping with the family’s commitment to a minimal carbon footprint, the green design features solar hot water, radiant heat, and other environmentally friendly details. Photographs by David Duncan Livingston
BOTTOM ROW: The exterior of the house features disparate shapes and materials geometrically fitting and working together. Natural stone, wood siding, glass and a gabled roof offer simplicity of form and complexity of space. The outdoor deck terrace under the connecting bridge offers a place for guests and family members to relax; the high-volume, two-story main living area, designed by the homeowner, utilizes simple forms and materials to generate a sophisticated interior space. The master bathroom places an agave tub in a floor-to-ceiling glass corner for unobstructed bay views, warm French limestone combines with minimalism for a contemporary look.