Inside Outside House  

"…in a warm climate the boundaries between inside and out are increasingly blurred. This house takes the idea one step further, with a lap pool that flows in and out of the living spaces."

— Trends Magazine, USA

"…cool linear forms befitting a contemporary art museum with Mediterranean warmth designed for family life… allows the lines between indoor and outdoor space to blur…"

— Sactown Magazine, USA

The house responds to its natural context and in particular takes advantage of a ridge, a striking feature due to its rarity in this generally flat valley area.

The street façade is closed and more private, while the entry driveway climbs up the slope and passes through a gated wall into a formal entry courtyard.

The main rooms circle and shelter a large terrace, perched at the top of the slope and overlooking the naturally landscaped site. Sliding windows and screens allow the house to be completely opened up onto this terrace, which has the formal qualities of an outdoor room, creating a continuity of space between interior and exterior. An infinity edge lap-pool extends along the length of the terrace, passing in and out of the architectural forms, reflecting the landscape and sky beyond and allowing a barrier free edge above the steep drop.

The forms of the house express its main areas and cantilever over the bluff, allowing a floating view out over the open landscape and also reinforcing the sculptural qualities of the built structure in relation to the slope.

 

Exhibited:

  • Venice International Architecture Biennale, Italy

Published:

  • Sactown Magazine, USA
  • Trends, USA, Asia and Australia
  • Space Time Existence, Italy
INSIDE OUTSIDE HOUSE
Sacramento, California