Art House

Art House

Architect
Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design
Location
Palo Alto, CA, USA | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
Joe Fletcher
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Art House

Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design as Architects

This residential project involved the construction of three distinct structures, creating additional interior space and forming a private courtyard for an existing house that remains in place. The largest new structure, the Art House, is designed to house a burgeoning art collection, and accommodate occasional guests.  

photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher

When the lot adjacent to their house came on the market a few years ago, the owners saw an opportunity to expand beyond the small house where they had lived for twenty years, raising their four children.

photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher

The planning challenge was how to resolve the geometry of the trapezoidal site, while complying with the  scale of the neighborhood, and providing enough open space to satisfy the requirements of the program. Locating the art storage and studio structures against the rear setback, while keeping them low and discreet relative to the forward position of the taller new and original houses, creates a false perspective, increasing the perceived depth of the property.

photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher

In the Art House’s living room, 11’ tall glass doors disappear into pockets and are set flush, blurring the distinction between inside and outside while adding a grand scale. A small pool and lawn provide a focal point to the open space creating a ‘village green’ where the family gathers on weekends.

photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher

The house plan is inverted in the sense that bedrooms face the street, while the living room and kitchen are in back, connecting entertaining spaces to the courtyard. Art is present in every room and on every wall, while daylight is filtered through perforated zinc that wraps the second level, reducing heat gain.

photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher

The other primary material of the exterior are cementitious panels attached over metal ‘hat channels,’ reducing direct thermal transfer. Green grey limestone flooring throughout the main floor connects the interior spaces with the exterior patio, creating a feeling of continuity.

photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher

The white ‘gallery’ quality of the interior spaces, selected as the background most versatile for art, is offset with a muted palette of soft green colored stone, stained white oak and warm neutral furnishings. Details throughout are restrained and minimal, receding in service of the art.  

photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher

Project Team
Buttrick Projects A+D (Architecture, Interiors) 
Sherrill Construction (Contractor)
Structus Inc. (Structural Engineering) 
Murray Engineers Inc. Geotechnical) 
Stroudwater Design (Landscape) 
Pritchard Peck Lighting (Lighting Design)
Photography: Joe Fletcher

photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher
photo_credit Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher

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