HONORS: - AIA California Design Award - Marin County Platinum Sustainable - FEMA Best Practice - "Prince of Tides," Dwell Magazine - "The Most Beautiful Houses in America," Avivre
SITE: - Built: Stinson Beach, CA - Prototype: global flood hazard zones - Hazards: seismic and tsunami
DESIGN: - House remains functional during wave action - Innovative hybrid prefab adaptable to context - Cantilevered ocean view decks from all rooms
TECHNOLOGY: - New cost-efficient floating foundation - Expandable design enables phased building - Passive solar design with floating sun court - Prefab structure allows changeable siding - Ground floor walls retractable into docks - Optional star-gazing roof / emergency hatch
2018 AIA New Jersey Design Award
SITE: - High flood hazard zone, northern NJ
PROGRAM: - Summer residence for New York family of six
DESIGN: - LEED Hybrid Prefab, hurricane-resistant design - Ground floor open for flood or lounge area - Maximized views over Atlantic Ocean - Passive solar and natural ventilation
TECHNOLOGY: - S-shaped plan resists torsional lateral loads - Innovative high-strength frame over piers - Missile-impact glazing, super-insulated walls - Articulations and setbacks reduce wind loads - Cost-efficient hollowed concrete foundation - No-VOC finishes, 100% FSC-certified woods - Drains to cistern for rainwater harvesting
SITE: - South Bay hillside with views north to San Francisco
DESIGN: - An old rectangular ranch house is reduced to its foundation, then doubled in size with perpendicular buttress walls, and opened to bay views with floor-to-ceiling glazing. Two large volumes are added: a central reception area and a new bedroom wing, both hovering above shallow reflecting pools with deeper koi basins. - The entry dematerializes against the oaks, providing a continually changing light box dappling in the light of the moving water.
TECHNOLOGY: - Fire-resistant concrete surround, entry pools, and drought-tolerant planting - Cost-efficient new structural additions and stucco volumes, with quality accents of cedar, ipe, and stone.
PROGRAM: - New house and interior pool, Bergamo, Italy
DESIGN: - Pure stucco facade zig-zags along entry, dramatizing volumes - Acute angles are reminiscent of the surrounding medieval embattlements - Travertine cladding creates a plinth for the ephemeral stucco spaces above
TECHNOLOGY: - Cost-efficient stucco with thin-set travertine - Custom oak window frame accents
LEED Plateau House
SITE: - A wooded plateau above a small harbor with expansive views to Manhattan and Long Island
DESIGN: - A dramatic, floating ocean view facade is balanced with an quiet, grounded entry from the woods - Strong horizontal lines gesture to the horizon of ocean, cities, and faraway cargo ships - The soaring nautical design echoes the sailboat harbor below, while the plateau geology is accentuated by the pool and limestone terraces
TECHNOLOGY: - Cantilevered roof decks provide vertical outdoor living - Passive solar overhangs and natural ventilation - Roof cutouts reduce hurricane wind pressure - Two-way central chimney/mechanical/elevator core - Super-insulating glass reflects heat, maximizes views
PROGRAM: -Subterranean gallery, pool, and wine cellar
DESIGN: -Excavation as addition, natural earth insulation -Maintain existing views, use unearthed stone
The Cantilevered Wing House presents itself quietly on the street, and dramatically hovers over the beach in a pure white steel structure set on intermittent concrete fins.
The central living room stretches gracefully under an invisible fifty-foot beam enabling fully retractable glass walls facing the garden and pool.
The inside-outside space is backdropped by a curved concrete wall off which cantilevers a steel and stone stair. Light from above dapples the smooth concrete and textured stone surfaces.
SITE AND PROGRAM: -Marina District, double-level roof deck, outdoor projector, cooktop and fridge, new penthouse
DESIGN: -Wind-sheltered lower deck with gathering space -Second level view deck providing bay and city views -Evening reception area with screening and music
TECHNOLOGY: -Louvered west windscreens to eliminate turbulence -Cantilevered penthouse roof over glass entry -Media closet with concealed projector -Stainless steel appliances -Fire-resistant ipe decking, cedar siding and louvers
PROGRAM: New house, office, gardens, and pool Sacramento, CA
DESIGN: The new house occupies a small plateau, overlooking a valley of oaks, with a dramatic lake view stretching to the horizon. A travertine pool blurs with the lake, creating an infinite borrowed waterscape.
TECHNOLOGY: - Ground floor retractable glass walls - Cantilevered master suite over oak forest - Passive solar design and photovoltaic glazing - Second floor volumes are bridged between buttresses, enabling expansive ground floor views. - Cost-efficient stucco and concrete masonry are balanced with elegant zinc and wood accents.