The site was an open, park-like lot framed by two magnificent oak trees at the northern corners. The clients are avid collectors of old travel and advertising posters. The house was to provide plenty of wall space for displaying them. The house has two distinct forms for two different functions. A shed-roofed pavilion contains the living area. The laminated beam roof, with wide overhangs, floats above a ring of clerestory windows while the solid base provides wall space for display. To the west, walls of the base extend out to form a terrace lined with glass walls and a screen porch. In contrast to the living wing, the bedroom wing is a tight, defined structure. A flat roof and low parapet preserve the rectilinear form. Windows are smaller and punched out of the surface for less exposure and more bedroom privacy. The two forms are joined by the entry hall, which is an extension of the shed structure with full height glazing on both sides. Exposed laminated beams and purlins with steel struts mark the entry.
Landscape: Martha Moore / Builder: Highland Builders / Photographer: Peter Vanderwarker