visible research office, san francisco The site for this northern California house begins in a meadow and continues up a wooded hill. To engage both of these aspects, architect Mark L. Donohue, AIA, divided the copper mesh-covered home into three stepped pavilions that torque to take in various views. “The house twists as it goes up and over the hill, like a pole-vaulter,” he says.
The judges admired the integration of the project's massing and mesh skin into its bucolic setting. Said one: “It's appealing the way they've morphed the landscape into the building.”
principal in charge: Mark L. Donohue, AIA, Visible Research Office
project designers: Americo A. Diaz and Aron Eisenhart, Visible Research Office
project team: Jose Brunner, Alecia Geno, and Michael Packer, Visible Research Office
structural engineer: David Strandberg, Yu Strandberg Engineering, Oakland, Calif.
project size: 4,295 square feet
site size: 1 acre
construction cost: Projected $404 per square foot
renderings: Americo A. Diaz
bathroom plumbing fittings:Grohe America; bathroom plumbing fixtures: Duravit USA, Kohler Co., TOTO USA; brick/masonry products:American Slate Co.; countertops: Cosentino USA (Silestone); dishwasher:Miele; entry and patio doors, windows: Blomberg Window Systems; exterior siding:Spantek;fireplace/wood stove:Buckley Rumford Co.; garage doors:Anaheim Door; garbage disposer:In-Sink-Erator; hardware:Baldwin Hardware Corp., Omnia Industries, Stanley Hardware; hvac equipment:Warmboard; insulation:Owens Corning; kitchen plumbing fittings:Hansgrohe; kitchen plumbing fixtures:Franke Consumer Products; lighting fixtures:Alkco Lighting, Cooper Lighting (Halo); oven:Bosch Home Appliances; paints/stains:Benjamin Moore & Co.; range:Thermador; refrigerator:Amana; skylights/roof windows:Royalite Manufacturing; trimwork:Fry Reglet Corp.