The materialization is answering the desire to recover and/or emphasize the original condition of the traditional style house. A piece of natural terracotta is placed on a running board as the pavement and the walls are stripped to expose the original factory work with all its defects and textures.
This Los Gatos modern home, which also involved extensive remodeling of the existing modern residence located high above Silicon Valley, was inspired by dominant images and textures from the site: boulders, bark, and leaves.
When we received the demand, one of the first things we thought about was: let’s get away of the classic typology of the exposed house, so massively used in the condominiums of the region – with from top to bottom glazing and a two-story high ceiling.
The design of this well-furnished apartment focuses on how to achieve the ultimate texture ratio and balance in the relationship between the ceiling, the floor, and the wall in the shared space of the open dining room, light kitchen, and living room.
High open spaces add drama to an otherwise normal suburban setting. The large cantilevered roof protects full height doors from wind, sun and rain, and a clerestory lights the interior. The double height living spaces are served by two levels of private bedrooms and bathrooms beyond. This city house is dramatic yet humble, solid and light, different and fun.
Creating a diversity of spaces whereby freedom of choice and movement are key, Woods Bagot has transformed the iconic Palace Hotel into its new Perth contemporary workplace studio.