This ‘crescent’ plan house is embedded in the side of a steep slope along a curving driveway easement to a neighboring site, giving an urbane scale to the architecture while referencing the surrounding soft hillside vistas. Its simple volumes, clad in pre-weathered pewter-gray zinc with accents of wood and generous glazing, blend into the texture and colors of the landscape. The upper level entry chamber enjoys a framed east bay view that ties the interior to its natural surroundings and the horizon. From there, a sequence of public and private spaces unfolds, filled with natural light and shadow and sensual freshness. Descending into the open plan living area below, the house expands seamlessly on to a cantilevered wood deck and man-made lawn terrace. Boundaries dissolve into the landscape through perforated metal railings and distinctive shade ‘brows’ of watery aqua translucent fiberglass resin that color the light of the day. A private music studio on the western edge of the site is accessed thought a tunneled umbilical (under the driveway) with the landscaped play garden that looks to the surrounding views over the low roof top profile and to Mt. Tamapiase to the west.

William P. Bruder Architect Ltd.
6500 Sq. Ft.
Project Type
Interior Architecture, Residential/Multifamily

SkyArc Residence

Marin County, California /2004 /Details