the house under the oak tree
California, 12,000 sq.ft., Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects (2003-2006)
The private bedroom wing for this family of four nestles under a giant oak tree. Bedroom volumes are individually oriented to maximize privacy and views beneath the tree limbs. By contrast, an expansive, glass-walled living pavilion reaches out into the nearby meadow.
My involvement focused on the development of the building enclosure design which included wood siding and glazing systems. Close collaboration with engineers and fabricators was required to achieve simple detailing that reinforced the idea of extending the house into the landscape.
Design team: Peter Bohlin, Denis Schofield, Chris Moore
Photo credits: Nick Lehoux