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Featured Projects : Faculty House - ENRdesign, Eric Rohlfing -- Palo Alto, CA

Materials used on this project include pre-stained Western Red Cedar 1x4 flush-joint tongue and groove, with a resawn face on A Clear grade. The Trellis has a variety of sizes of 4x beams in Western Red. Designed & built in collaboration with Topos Architects, Inc., Palo Alto, CA

Here is what Eric (www.enrdesign.com) told us about the project:

Over the original slab, built by the client with his father/contractor, the new structure houses visiting faculty within walking distance of the university. A variance granted a 2 ft. northern extension of the Living spaces while maintaining the existing parking.

Residents & visitors entering from street-side are greeted by the alignment with the natural alleyway formed between the residential entrances to the north. The narrow, 25 ft. wide context evoked the creative inclusion of a semi-enclosed courtyard opposite the entrance. Perpendicular to this micro-urban axis, the interior is composed along the east-west solar orientation of the clerestory Hall, linking the Master and Guest Bedrooms. The core living spaces play between degrees of transparency, asymmetric volume, natural light, and abundant ventilation, while shaded by existing, mature trees.

The home’s environmental response includes a host of salvaged, recycled content, renewable, and non-toxic materials, coupled with energy/waterefficient equipment, fixtures, and appliances.