Extension | 01
Our client tasked us with designing an addition to a suburban ranch house that would contain a swim spa and home gym.
Their single directive: Nothing else on or in the house was to be touched.
Our solution was inspired by modernist extensions to centuries-old historic buildings in Europe. We created a dramatic angular glass volume clad in weathered cedar, riffing off the imagery of yard fences commonly found in Los Altos.
The cedar vertical siding served as a rainscreen, as a cladding system, and as a privacy screen covering the windows facing a neighboring residence. The street-facing horizontal window was specifically designed to be parallel to the clients’ eye level when on the indoor treadmill.
The addition's interiors are clad with marine-grade Douglas Fir plywood, with linear LED lighting recessed along the perimeter to wash the walls with illumination and highlight the plywood grain.
Location: Los Altos, California
Photography: David Wakely
Original Architect: unknown, 1966
Architecture & Interiors:
Chad DeWitt : Project Designer
Rusty Murphy: Project Designer
Alice Hwang: Project Architect
Structural Engineer: Cres Engineering
Builder: Jesse Ososki Art
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