When we start to design we often look for what is powerful in the surrounding landscape and shape the building to respond to that power. This project is a good example. The client had bought a very conventional house with a conventional, enclosed garden on a spectacular waterfront property. But the client wanted to change the house and landscape to give them a more expansive modern feel. The pool symbolized this change, breaking out of the garden and stretching to the bay beyond. Limestone pads step out towards the firepit and the horizon beyond. A waterfall edge blurs the boundary between the pool and the bay creating a sense of infinite extension.
The house steps out to the terrace along its entire edge when the massive glass walls are opened up in good weather. When the weather is bad, large overhangs and corrosion resistant materials protect the house from the long winter assault.
The darkest part of the previous house, the stair to the basement, is now illuminated by the natural light coming down the new stairway. A glass wall separates the sound of the new games room from the hall beyond and the house above.