The massing of Asher Waldfogel and Helyn MacLean’s Palo Alto, California, residence “is complex and utilizes taut horizontal and vertical planes, clad in charcoal-gray Rheinzink, that extend beyond the building envelope, seamlessly moving from interior to exterior,” explains architect Steven Ehrlich. The front entrance.
Glass bridges on the first and second floors link the wings of the house, which was planned as a pinwheel.
Besides serving as the horizontal axis of the house, the concrete wall—roughly three feet thick—also provides space, in the family room, for built-in seating and display areas for the couple’s collection of ceramics.
Running past the dining room, a poured-in-place-concrete wall forms “the spine of the house,” says Ehrlich.
“Alternately grand and intimate, the interior spaces wrap around to frame a series of varied perspectives,” remarks the architect. The kitchen can be separated from the family room by a pocket door. Cabinets from Bulthaup.
In the master bedroom, as throughout, Ehrlich used mitered-glass corners and large sliding windows “to extend internal space visually and physically.”
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