The plan shows the informal placement of the parts, with the entry road parallel to the contours, past a future pool complex on the right, with guest parking and office on the left, to the garage straight ahead. It also hints that this house is
going to have some surprises inside, with rooms that seemingly embed themselves into the body of the main space at unusual angles.
Inside, the major wall material is a refined type of dense and smooth prestained plywood called Fin-Ply. The panels are screwed onto the walls with narrow open joints between panels and the ceiling. This plywood is so dense that, unlike conventional plywood, the cut edge retains its integrity and can be exposed, as in its use as window trim.
As you leave the entry and move toward the kitchen and living space, a surprise reveals itself. Ahead and above lie the great curved glulam beams of the main space that support a wood-planked ceiling. But this bold and direct design element appears to be only the container of other more complex forms jutting into the main space — a jaunty little porch roof on one side and some mysterious ceiling framing entering the space from the other.
But turning the corner and looking into the open kitchen, it's revealed that the roof form of the exterior part of the kitchen wing is simply carried on into and under the main volume. This redundant continuation of roof framing forms a kind of overhead trellis for the part of the kitchen that lies inside the main space. This dramatizes the kitchen space and creates the feeling that it is a kind of stage set for a cooking performance.
The kitchen glows with the intensity of the red linoleum floor, sparkling stainless-steel appliances, and red-stained Fin-Ply cabinet door panels. The marble-dust finish of the stucco fireplace and concrete hearth provides further impact. All of these strong colors, textures, and details of the kitchen combine to bring life to the larger, simpler commons space.
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Part of the ArchitectureWeek Patterns series. Text and images excerpted with permission from Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design by Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, and Barbara Winslow, copyright © 2002 The Taunton Press, Inc. The book is available from The Taunton Press and at Amazon.com.