DNM architecture perches modernist home on northern california hillside

DNM architecture perches modernist home on northern california hillside

DNM ARCHITECTURE BUILDS HILLSIDE HOME

  

DNM Architecture settles a secluded, environmentally-sensitive home in the Californian hillsides of Marin County, northwest of San Francisco. Named Deer Park, the residence was realized after overcoming significant challenges with the site’s topography, mainly a large natural swale that runs through its center. Now stands a captivating two-story home with modernist interiors that overlook the nearby Mount Tamalpais. 

DNM architecture perches modernist home on northern california hillside
the driveway leads to main dwelling entranceway for the deer park residence

all images courtesy of Jamie Leasure / MA+DS Media

 

 

Founded in 1999 by David Marlatt, DNM Architecture is an award-winning Sausalito-based design firm that always places the client and the environment at the center of their design process. Deer Park is sensitive to making as little environmental impact on the site as possible through thoughtful decisions on layout and materiality.

DNM architecture perches modernist home on northern california hillside
full-width windows provide panoramic views across marin county’s mountainous landscape

 

 

OVERCOMING SUBOPTIMAL TERRAIN

 

The primary dwelling is situated along the northeastern slope to maximize views over the surrounding hills. Across the swale, a two-car garage and an accessory dwelling unit are located on the southeastern side. The driveway runs along the site’s edge, connecting the two structures and leading visitors on a ‘procession of discovery’ as they roam the property. This layout leaves the swale untouched to preserve the natural flow of water through the site. 

DNM architecture perches modernist home on northern california hillside
the layout leaves the swale untouched to preserve the natural flow of water through the site

 

 

INSIDE ‘DEER PARK’ RESIDENCE 

 

Stepping into the interior, the threshold and central access point leads directly to a large open plan living and dining area that reflect a Californian modernist’s dream. Full-width windows provide panoramic views across Marin County’s mountainous landscape, flood the space with natural lighting, and, together with the glazed doorways leading to a deck, literally facilitates indoor-outdoor living. 

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the living area connects directly with outdoor deck

DNM architecture perches modernist home on northern california hillside
the large-scale glazing promotes an indoor–outdoor living

DNM architecture perches modernist home on northern california hillside
the wide windows also allow for plentiful natural light to bathe the interior

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the home is built directly into the hill

    

DNM architecture perches modernist home on northern california hillside
the deck offers views across to the nearby mount tamalpais

 

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project info:

 

name: Deer Park
architecture: DNM Architecture
location: Marin County, California 

photography: Jamie Leasure / MA+DS Media

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