Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaClose up of a two-story home's entrance from the ground floor, outside. The structure is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels throughout, including underneath the second story. The angle shows the second story spanning over the first, able to be walked under while still remaining outside. The numbers 1850 are displayed on the outside façade. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaSide angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, daytime. The first floor's façade is made of white concrete, while the second floor, fence, and first floor overhang's ceiling are cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFront-facing angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, dusk with a purple sky. The second floor shows a 4x4 panel of glass windows, lit up on the inside to show a living area and shelves of books. Trees surround the home, with the neighborhood street on the right. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFoyer of a modern residential home. The entry wall is made of sand-colored marble. Across from it is a horizontal wall made of light wood that terminates in a bench toward the bottom. On the other side of the bench-wall are several in-wall shelves with different pairs of shoes in them. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaEntrance to a bedroom. The walls are white. Two white head lamps are affixed to the walls and on either side of the bed, and a black and white framed photo hangs above it. A red accent chair is to the left of the bed. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaView of a kitchen from the outside. A sliding screen door is open, connecting the inside and outside. Two orange lounge chairs are set outside, while the kitchen has a white island with steel countertops, and an adjacent dining room table set.

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaClose up of a two-story home's entrance from the ground floor, outside. The structure is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels throughout, including underneath the second story. The angle shows the second story spanning over the first, able to be walked under while still remaining outside. The numbers 1850 are displayed on the outside façade. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaSide angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, daytime. The first floor's façade is made of white concrete, while the second floor, fence, and first floor overhang's ceiling are cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFront-facing angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, dusk with a purple sky. The second floor shows a 4x4 panel of glass windows, lit up on the inside to show a living area and shelves of books. Trees surround the home, with the neighborhood street on the right. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFoyer of a modern residential home. The entry wall is made of sand-colored marble. Across from it is a horizontal wall made of light wood that terminates in a bench toward the bottom. On the other side of the bench-wall are several in-wall shelves with different pairs of shoes in them. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaEntrance to a bedroom. The walls are white. Two white head lamps are affixed to the walls and on either side of the bed, and a black and white framed photo hangs above it. A red accent chair is to the left of the bed. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaView of a kitchen from the outside. A sliding screen door is open, connecting the inside and outside. Two orange lounge chairs are set outside, while the kitchen has a white island with steel countertops, and an adjacent dining room table set.A dining room as seen from the middle of a kitchen. To the left is a steel kitchen countertop with gas range. On the right is a steel kitchen countertop with a sink. Behind the dining table is a hallway to the left and wood paneled wall directly behind it. The wall has a built-in shelf with books and flat screen television.A bright white room showing a long empty hallway with interstitial skylights, and to its left, a six-columned library built into the wall. A wooden planter built into the top of the staircase is in the middle.A living room area with red carpet and two orange lounge chairs and ottomans. A glass paneled wall to the right overlooks a neighborhood street.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaClose up of a two-story home's entrance from the ground floor, outside. The structure is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels throughout, including underneath the second story. The angle shows the second story spanning over the first, able to be walked under while still remaining outside. The numbers 1850 are displayed on the outside façade. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaSide angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, daytime. The first floor's façade is made of white concrete, while the second floor, fence, and first floor overhang's ceiling are cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFront-facing angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, dusk with a purple sky. The second floor shows a 4x4 panel of glass windows, lit up on the inside to show a living area and shelves of books. Trees surround the home, with the neighborhood street on the right. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFoyer of a modern residential home. The entry wall is made of sand-colored marble. Across from it is a horizontal wall made of light wood that terminates in a bench toward the bottom. On the other side of the bench-wall are several in-wall shelves with different pairs of shoes in them. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaEntrance to a bedroom. The walls are white. Two white head lamps are affixed to the walls and on either side of the bed, and a black and white framed photo hangs above it. A red accent chair is to the left of the bed. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Palo Alto ResidenceOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaClose up of a two-story home's entrance from the ground floor, outside. The structure is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels throughout, including underneath the second story. The angle shows the second story spanning over the first, able to be walked under while still remaining outside. The numbers 1850 are displayed on the outside façade. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaSide angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, daytime. The first floor's façade is made of white concrete, while the second floor, fence, and first floor overhang's ceiling are cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFront-facing angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, dusk with a purple sky. The second floor shows a 4x4 panel of glass windows, lit up on the inside to show a living area and shelves of books. Trees surround the home, with the neighborhood street on the right. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFoyer of a modern residential home. The entry wall is made of sand-colored marble. Across from it is a horizontal wall made of light wood that terminates in a bench toward the bottom. On the other side of the bench-wall are several in-wall shelves with different pairs of shoes in them. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaEntrance to a bedroom. The walls are white. Two white head lamps are affixed to the walls and on either side of the bed, and a black and white framed photo hangs above it. A red accent chair is to the left of the bed. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaView of a kitchen from the outside. A sliding screen door is open, connecting the inside and outside. Two orange lounge chairs are set outside, while the kitchen has a white island with steel countertops, and an adjacent dining room table set.A dining room as seen from the middle of a kitchen. To the left is a steel kitchen countertop with gas range. On the right is a steel kitchen countertop with a sink. Behind the dining table is a hallway to the left and wood paneled wall directly behind it. The wall has a built-in shelf with books and flat screen television.A bright white room showing a long empty hallway with interstitial skylights, and to its left, a six-columned library built into the wall. A wooden planter built into the top of the staircase is in the middle.A living room area with red carpet and two orange lounge chairs and ottomans. A glass paneled wall to the right overlooks a neighborhood street.

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaClose up of a two-story home's entrance from the ground floor, outside. The structure is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels throughout, including underneath the second story. The angle shows the second story spanning over the first, able to be walked under while still remaining outside. The numbers 1850 are displayed on the outside façade. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaSide angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, daytime. The first floor's façade is made of white concrete, while the second floor, fence, and first floor overhang's ceiling are cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFront-facing angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, dusk with a purple sky. The second floor shows a 4x4 panel of glass windows, lit up on the inside to show a living area and shelves of books. Trees surround the home, with the neighborhood street on the right. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFoyer of a modern residential home. The entry wall is made of sand-colored marble. Across from it is a horizontal wall made of light wood that terminates in a bench toward the bottom. On the other side of the bench-wall are several in-wall shelves with different pairs of shoes in them. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaEntrance to a bedroom. The walls are white. Two white head lamps are affixed to the walls and on either side of the bed, and a black and white framed photo hangs above it. A red accent chair is to the left of the bed. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaView of a kitchen from the outside. A sliding screen door is open, connecting the inside and outside. Two orange lounge chairs are set outside, while the kitchen has a white island with steel countertops, and an adjacent dining room table set.A dining room as seen from the middle of a kitchen. To the left is a steel kitchen countertop with gas range. On the right is a steel kitchen countertop with a sink. Behind the dining table is a hallway to the left and wood paneled wall directly behind it. The wall has a built-in shelf with books and flat screen television.A bright white room showing a long empty hallway with interstitial skylights, and to its left, a six-columned library built into the wall. A wooden planter built into the top of the staircase is in the middle.A living room area with red carpet and two orange lounge chairs and ottomans. A glass paneled wall to the right overlooks a neighborhood street.

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaClose up of a two-story home's entrance from the ground floor, outside. The structure is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels throughout, including underneath the second story. The angle shows the second story spanning over the first, able to be walked under while still remaining outside. The numbers 1850 are displayed on the outside façade. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaSide angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, daytime. The first floor's façade is made of white concrete, while the second floor, fence, and first floor overhang's ceiling are cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFront-facing angle of a two-story, modern angular residence, dusk with a purple sky. The second floor shows a 4x4 panel of glass windows, lit up on the inside to show a living area and shelves of books. Trees surround the home, with the neighborhood street on the right. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaFoyer of a modern residential home. The entry wall is made of sand-colored marble. Across from it is a horizontal wall made of light wood that terminates in a bench toward the bottom. On the other side of the bench-wall are several in-wall shelves with different pairs of shoes in them. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaEntrance to a bedroom. The walls are white. Two white head lamps are affixed to the walls and on either side of the bed, and a black and white framed photo hangs above it. A red accent chair is to the left of the bed. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaView of a kitchen from the outside. A sliding screen door is open, connecting the inside and outside. Two orange lounge chairs are set outside, while the kitchen has a white island with steel countertops, and an adjacent dining room table set.A dining room as seen from the middle of a kitchen. To the left is a steel kitchen countertop with gas range. On the right is a steel kitchen countertop with a sink. Behind the dining table is a hallway to the left and wood paneled wall directly behind it. The wall has a built-in shelf with books and flat screen television.A bright white room showing a long empty hallway with interstitial skylights, and to its left, a six-columned library built into the wall. A wooden planter built into the top of the staircase is in the middle.A living room area with red carpet and two orange lounge chairs and ottomans. A glass paneled wall to the right overlooks a neighborhood street.

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Close up of the second story of a two-story home. The second story is rectangular, cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels, and has a 4x4 grid of windows at its short end. Trees surround the structure. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, CaliforniaOutdoor shot from a yard with small green ankle-length looking in to a home's bedroom, day. The home is cladded with horizontal burnt-orange wood panels. The sliding door entrance is open, displaying the foot of a bed and a dining table beyond another open interior sliding door. A stone pathway with rocks surrounding each step runs along the bedroom entrance and around to the right to a yard and more of the home in the distance. Palo Alto Residence, Palo Alto, California

PALO ALTO RESIDENCE

Cass Calder Smith designed this 5,800 square foot home for a family of five in Palo Alto, California. The clients both work in the Silicon Valley, and they have three young children. The design is specific to their close-knit family needs as well as their rigorous sustainability standards. The architecture is contemporary, but it has warm, authentic materials and refined details to accommodate a casual, unpretentious lifestyle.

The home’s bent, linear configuration divides the site; the public, street sides wrap the corner, creating a more private interior. A breezeway leads to the entry and the yard beyond, while also separating the main house from the garage and studio. The second floor bridges over these two and becomes the ceiling of the breezeway.

The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. The upper floor, framed in wood and steel, is clad in wood siding plus aluminum panels. Between the two is an 18-inch ribbon of glass that admits soft light and views while making the upper floor appear as if it is floating.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Type: New Residence

Size: 5,800 sq ft

Completed: June 2010

 

Architectural Team

Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith

Project Architect: Sean Kennedy

Designer: Cornelia Sterl

 

Consultants                        

Structural Engineer: Weir Andrewson Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Guiliani + Kull

Solar: EnergySoft

Rammed Earth: David Easton, Rammed Earth Works

Metalwork: Florian Industries

Cabinetry: Spiral Design

Meadow Consultant: John Greenlee

Landscaping: Siteworks

Demolition: Sonrise Consolidated, Inc.

General Contractor: Kirk Welton & Mary Young, K Welton Inc.

 

Photography: Joe Fletcher

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