October 19, 2009
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
A beautiful Atherton residence completed in 2008 designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects located on the peninsula south of San Francisco, this house sits on an internal suburban flag lot. The main house features a butterfly roof that turns up to the south with a dramatic overhang. Large sliding glass doors open directly out to the pond and terrace. The roofs conceal photovoltaic and solar hot water panels.
The house is heated with a radiant system in the stone floors, and despite the hot climate it is not air conditioned, but passively cooled with a combination of overhangs, shades, and operable windows. The house also features many green building materials, including high fly-ash concrete, formaldehyde-free casework and denim insulation. The new house creates a special place for the clients, making a main residence feel like a vacation retreat.
The original 1950s Bay Area home on the lot was torn down due to structural problems. In its place, this structure was erected around the site’s existing pond. To take advantage of the scenic views of water, the home was built as four buildings, the main house, study, pool house and garage, that all come right up against the water’s edge. Large sliding glass doors from the buildings open up towards the pond, providing an immediate connection with nature as well as a good dose of natural ventilation.