Rammed Earth Abode – Palo Alto, California by CCS Architecture

This Calfornia-casual dream home is nestled in Palo Alto and a stunning example of a modern rammed earth residence. Designed by CCS Architecture, this 5,800 square-foot structure is home to a young family, affording plentiful privacy, comfort, sustainability and space.

Not all rammed earth homes exude this level of simple beauty. The precise utilization of natural materials, as well as craftsmanship exquisitely defines this home. Rammed earth excavated from the site becomes the smoothed foundation of this modern home which is configured in a bent floorplan, maximizing function and space of the corner lot it sits upon. A perimeter belt of window wraps the entire structure, creating an optical illusion of a floating second story. This absolute linear box is wrapped in magnificent ipe siding and also features aluminum panels. Steel and glass are other predominant materials.

Representative of green architecture, this home is clad with glazed sliding doors which fully open to the outdoor patios and walkways creating a union of spaces so synonymous with relaxed living. The rammed earth itself insulates the home, while passive cooling, a low-irrigation stone and plant landscape, radiant floors and rooftop solar panels were all implemented in the progressive eco-design.

Living areas are warm with light wood, while furnishings in grey, beige and burnt red remain mid-century modern including designer pieces. Again, what’s so attractive about these interiors are how they are completely welcoming to an energetic, growing family, yet still maintain beautiful form.  The light-filled kitchen, for instance, is not a huge space, yet with its band of windows facing the gardens, stainless and wood accents, and an open plan to the outside, it more than serves its purpose.

An all-wood staircase ascends to a landing lined with bookshelves, which comes alive with a built-in palm planter. This area leads to the gallery hallway containing the bedrooms, library, playroom/guest room and deck. The master suite is minimalist with a bathroom of pristine white tiling and spa.

This Palo Alto dwelling is a modern dream home engaging green design plus innovative, comfortable living.

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