Site size: 5 acres
Project size: 775 square feet
Program: Despite its location on an extremely steep and densely wooded site, the house provides an accessible second dwelling near the client’s primary residence for an aging family.
Location: Los Gatos, California
Solution: To maintain ease of access, the house incorporates the driveway and garage into a formalized entry sequence, transitioning fluidly to the front door, which is located beneath a cantilevered breezeway that frames views across Silicon Valley. Given the site’s dramatic slope, this entry terrace serves as the only viable outdoor open space for the home.
Completion date: 2015
Gross square footage: 775 square feet
Total project cost: withheld
Total construction cost: withheld
Schwartz and Architecture
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Wyatt Arnold (registered architect), Paul Burgin, Aaron Goldman, Neil O’Shea, Joshua Yoches
Architect of record:
Structural Engineer: iAssociates
Other cladding unique to this project: Prefinished standing seam roofing on roof and side
Metal: Prefinished standing seam roofing
Metal frame: Fleetwood
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Floor and wall tile: Oceanside glass tile - wall tile
Raised flooring: Cork flooring from APC cork
Special interior finishes unique to this project: Cork flooring from APC cork
Other furniture: owner-provided
Accessibility provisions: Without steps or grade changes, a seamless transition between interior and exterior is amplified by an overhead plane that suits the needs of elderly or disabled occupants. In effect, the usable floor area of the home is increased without any additional building resources or actively conditioned space.
Other unique products that contribute to sustainability: The structure of the house is split directly in half, providing a large ventilation passage serving both wings. The wind-tunnel condition acts as a catalyst to move air laterally through the interior spaces. A prominent roof oculus allows for a dynamic interior / exterior space directly adjacent to indoor living space and promotes airflow through the often harsh micro-climate of the site.