Rau Haus / Feldman Structure
Textual content description supplied by the architects. A pair with a younger daughter seeking to go away the town in quest of extra space contacted Feldman Structure to design a brand new residence – a contemporary, secluded residence with a devoted zone for internet hosting household and buddies. With a website chosen with sweeping views over Coal Creek Open House Protect, the group’s imaginative and prescient centered round fully immersing guests in rolling inexperienced hills whereas providing a uncommon, distant glimpse of the San Francisco Bay to the north. The design facilities round thoughtfully orienting private and non-private dwelling areas in direction of views whereas creating a way of privateness from the neighboring tons above. The three,433 sq. foot L-shaped constructing footprint is gently tucked into the japanese hillside, creating an enclosure for outside moments, and framing a wide selection of views from indoor dwelling areas.
The volumes are rigorously articulated to reduce disruption of views from the encircling properties. The first wing runs north to south, increasing vertically at a double-height kitchen and eating area whereas visually connecting the primary degree to a research loft and bedrooms upstairs. Mild wells and clerestory home windows on the japanese façade welcome morning gentle and provide peeks of greenery with out compromising privateness. A single-story kind topped by a inexperienced roof stretches perpendicularly – mixing into the encircling panorama and making a multipurpose area at pool degree for taking part in, exercising, and entertaining. The infinity pool acts as a threshold the place the manicured panorama merges into the native meadow-scape.
Bay views to the north are captured from the first suite, and publicly from a view deck. It was essential for the shoppers that this roof deck was publicly accessible with out compromising the privateness of their bed room. Low-maintenance, sturdy supplies outline the fabric palette: exterior cement clads the second story, and Monterey Cypress siding, meant to climate over time, elegantly connects the primary degree. The cement plaster and Cypress bars stack geometrically, mixing into the inside – understated, fashionable, and clear materiality units the tone for the inside and panorama moments.
At Rau Haus, a 6.24kW PV array offers the house with 9,777 kWh of renewable power a 12 months, and two Heliodyne photo voltaic panels serve a 119-gallon storage tank. The house is provided with all electrical indoor home equipment and an electrical heat-pump HVAC system, mixed with passive heating and cooling methods, work to maintain the house temperate all year long. The design makes use of deep overhangs and inset home windows to offer passive photo voltaic shading, and thoughtfully positioned operable doorways, home windows, and skylights promote cross-ventilation in all liveable areas. Out of doors patios with various levels of shading all through the house enable for comfy use throughout totally different instances of the day. Regionally salvaged and milled Monterey cypress siding is of course weathered with no further end, and all concrete is blended with 30% fly ash to scale back the mission’s embodied carbon.
“This mission allowed us to craft an area of serenity, well-balanced with a design that creates horizontal and vertical connections inside and in direction of the panorama. It was expertly executed by the builder who crafted particulars and materials connections with fantastic care and precision,” Steven Stept, AIA, Challenge Principal. – “Beneath the quiet design sensibility is a rigorous articulation of kinds and areas which might be exactly detailed inside a tightly curated materials palette. The home embraces the spirit of the positioning and units the stage for every day life to unfold,” Anjali Iyer, LEED AP, Challenge Architect.