Palo Alto House



We like to think about this house as a ship. Perhaps because the substandard narrow long lot is flanked by a creek with tall concrete banks. But also because of its elongated proportions, its sharp quality (the long curved standing seam roof).

The many projecting volumes also contribute to this complex composition of something almost mechanical.

The narrow triangular daylight plane, the tight setbacks, maximum floor area, constrained many plan choices but also optimized the use of space, looking for vertical interlocking shapes to get back a sense of ariose space.

A basement neatly hidden adds tons of utility as well as a play area with an airy walkout at the back.