Palo Alto House The Shells


The presence of a tight lot and daylight plane envelope meant that the second floor needed to be tucked in creatively without
ending with a typical triangular roof to fit in.

We devised a flattish barrel roof for the main shape while allowing thin shell-like dormers
to regain the necessary height and natural indirect light and ventilation for each upstairs
bedroom. We ended up mimicking the top curve also over the first floor porch, creating several undulating shapes that balance each other.

It is a 2,500 Sq.Ft. new house including a detached single car garage, and it hosts 4 bedrooms and 3 and ½ bathrooms.
The entry door, metal guard railings at the balcony and porch, the mosaic column are all also custom pieces from Acadia.
The entry door surface theme is interlocking Italian haute-couture shoe shapes.