MacCracken Architects designed the stunning Los Altos Hills House. The house is divided into four wings: bedroom, living, kitchen, and in-law unit. The different levels and axes follow the topography of the site and are oriented to the southeast around a courtyard and pool. The three stepped wings have similar structural sections consisting of rectangular volumes with flat roofs and a central clerestory structure and metal sloped roofs supported on exposed steel columns.
The design concept of the house was conceived as a gradual discovery, uncovering and revealing of crenellated walls stepping up the hillside. The walls are protected by sections of sloped roof on a metal structure. A notion of the passage of time, both past and present, is suggested through what is uncovered and connected to the earth and that which is gradually protected by the seeming temporary coverings floating above.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 27 January, 2011