This extensive remodel seeks to transcend the space, outlook, form, and light of a 1961 Skidmore Owings and Merrill home in Marin County, California. Two goals defined the project: The first affirms the existing modernist glass house overlooking San Francisco Bay in its steep and dramatic setting. The second updates and balances the house with finely detailed, up-close elements, on par with the bold site and views.
By stripping the structure of all unnecessary elements, selective subtractions took the house back to a minimum form of glass, posts, and planes. The existing rooms were then reorganized to fit the aspirations of the client, and focused outward towards the panoramic views. Interior walls and separations were minimized to create a maximum sense of openness. The cantilevered deck was doubled in size towards the water, and the new edges of the house and perimeter decks were rebuilt in bold, rectilinear forms as a contrasting composition of built-house to natural-setting.