We are thrilled that the Los Altos Residence has been honored with an AIA California Council Residential Award. This single-family residence is a modernist reinterpretation of the Northern California ranch style home.
Located in an established Los Altos neighborhood, this single-family residence is a modernist reinterpretation of the Northern California ranch style home the clients desired.
Designed around an existing Japanese maple tree — a vestige of the previous landscape — the house takes full advantage of Silicon Valley’s mild climate. In the living room, a wall of sliding glass doors blurs the line between indoors and out, opening to the back patio overlooking a meadow of tall grasses. The house is composed of a central double-height living and communal space that runs parallel to the street, shielding the home from the quiet thoroughfare. This common area, which includes a modest kitchen and place for family gathering, connects two single-story volumes, each containing a variety of private and functional spaces. With views from every room, one’s eye is easily drawn outside where a linear pool and board-formed concrete garden wall, located along the eastern edge of the property, visually connects the main building to the guesthouse beyond.
The simple layout and detailing of this single-story residence, with its numerous connections to the surrounding landscape, create a home that is both calm and restful — a place for the family to enjoy for many years to come.