Berkeley Courtyard House / WA Design

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Berkeley, United States Houses United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Berkeley Courtyard House / WA Design Berkeley Courtyard House / WA DesignSave this projectSaveBerkeley Courtyard House / WA Design Projects Area:  4880 ft²Text description provided by the architects. The clients for this Berkeley Hills home were a prominent scientist and his wife. They had recently moved from the east coast and purchased another home I had designed. After a few years in the home, they contacted me to explore their inspiration of building their own home start to finish. We looked for land together and eventually they purchased a double lot with spectacular views in the sloping hills of the East Bay.Save this picture!Courtesy of wa design incThe most basic primordial relationship of water and canyon wall was the metaphorical origin for the layout of the home. The water is constrained by the topography and yet needs an outlet. Each material and force yields to the other. At each end of our zinc canyon, at the outlets, a courtyard would naturally form, one towards the hillside and protected from the wind, the other towards the west, hanging, completely open to the views and the winds of the Bay Area. Save this picture!Main Floor PlanOur concept was to create three wings connected by two breezeways, one open air breezeway and one glazed. The transparent breezeways allow views out of the courtyard and their low roof lines accentuate the massing of the primary building elements. Set perpendicular to the glazed breezeway are two water features that appear to extend through the home and axially emphasize the view towards San Francisco Bay.  Save this picture!Courtesy of wa design incPunctuating the hillside end of this water axis is a monolithic outdoor fireplace. Breaking the house into three distinct units allowed us to create three distinct courtyards, two protected and one open to the almost constant onshore fog and breezes from San Francisco Bay. The courtyard between the main house and guest house is protected enough for comfortable twilight dining a good part of the year. The house’s exterior is alternately sheathed in zinc shingles, reminiscent of the craftsman architecture a century earlier, or stucco. We designed strongly canted shed roofs with deep eaves and delicate structural steel supports to give the house a distinctive look and provide protected exterior circulation and ample surface area for the extensive photo-voltaic arrays that power the house. The hardscape is minimalist with white concrete extending seamlessly from inside the house and granite cobble bands set to the rhythm of the homes structural steel frame. The construction module of the home is literally encountered at street edge as you step across the first band of black granite cobbles. A progression begins. The landscape plantings are set on a rigorous grid behind low retaining walls of Cor-ten steel and further extend the strong organization of the building architecture onto the site.Project gallerySee allShow lessKunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel Proposal / Ojanen_Chiou ArchitectsArticlesPeripheries 2011 – 9th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Rese…Articles Share Save this picture!Courtesy of wa design inc+ 19 Share CopyAbout this officeWA DesignOfficeFollowProductGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasBerkeleyHouses3D ModelingUnited StatesPublished on September 29, 2011Cite: “Berkeley Courtyard House / WA Design” 29 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalVentilated / Double Skin FacadeSTAC BONDAssembly Systems – GluedLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemPodsTrimoModular Space SolutionsHanging LampsAxolightPendant Lights – HoopsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryCabinetsburgbadWall Cabinet – Sys30AcousticUnika VaevAcoustics – Ecoustic® Foliar TileMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?伯克利院子住宅 / WA Design是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” “COPY” ArchDaily Architects: WA Design Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img

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