Los Gatos House



Perched on the top of a hilly site, we had to stay within some grading constrains so to avoid retaining walls.

A clear division of diurnal and nocturnal areas is achieved by a center foyer that also forms a courtyard and a direct view of the slope beyond.

The point of arrival at street level is actually quite higher than the house, and thus the roofs become an important exterior elevation, part of the first elements you'll see approaching it.

In that regard, the roof planes, covered in a satin standing seam metal panels, are oriented toward the best view or to afford the best ceiling height and shape.

The final building-roof shape from above recalls a butterfly opening the wings toward the view in front of it.

Outdoor features such as a built in planters, water elements, special percolating pavers anchor the house to the special site geometry.