Feldman architecture perches enveloping the round house atop a California bluff
on the occasion of the 60s
nestled in the hills of los altos, feldman architecture’s round house is a geometrically unique structure – one of the few similarly shaped homes built in california in the 1960s. guests fell in love with this quirky circular house and initially planned a modest renovation. Soon after moving in, the couple recognized the inefficiencies of their new home – low window eaves oddly obstructing the otherwise spectacular views, spurring their desire to open up and modernize the design. the team set out to develop an enrichment respectful of the original form of the house, focusing on a site-sensitive response to the steep and difficult plot.
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breathtaking view from the round house
perched at the top of a steep site, the round house of feldman architecture (find out more) offers a 180-degree view with a terrace that goes around its perimeter. the original, once open-air central courtyard turned into a kitchen – a fitting move for a budding baker and a family of food lovers. a large circular skylight diffuses daylight into the kitchen, creating a makeshift sundial that illuminates different sections of custom curved furniture throughout the day.
the enveloping residence by feldman architecture
from the main entrance to feldman architecture’s round house, visitors can make their way effortlessly through the open plan living room, kitchen and spacious terrace before circling the house via a wraparound walkway. a concentric hallway traces the kitchen, leading to discrete pie-shaped rooms carefully arranged to delimit private space from public space. an outdoor patio is strategically cut out at the intersection of the living room and kitchen – framing sprawling views of the south bay.
large curved pocket doors disappear into the walls, asserting a seamless interior-exterior connection. the modest perimeter deck allows exterior access from all bedrooms, while the curved landscaped walls radiate outward and into a thoughtful softscape.
a Japanese style of charred wood cladding, called shou sugi ban, seamless concrete floors, curved white walls, and minimalist interiors let the colorful and dramatic views speak first. Due to the challenges of its circular shape, the project team had to seek creative solutions in every aspect of the business. most conventional solutions favor straight geometry, which allowed for a refreshing intervention that is an honest response to the constraints of this unique project.