klopf architecture updates classic eichler home in palo alto
klopf architecture updates classic eichler home in palo alto klopf architecture updates classic eichler home in palo alto
apr 03, 2015

klopf architecture updates classic eichler home in palo alto

klopf architecture updates classic eichler home in palo alto
all images © mariko reed




joseph eichler, founder of eichler homes, was responsible for the construction of over 11,000 homes throughout california between 1950 and his death in 1974. one of the most prolific real estate developers in post-war america, he called upon architects of equal stature to complete home designs, at times employing the likes of: frank lloyd wright, robert anshen, claude oakland & associates, jones & emmons, a. quincy jones, and raphael soriano.

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one of many eichler residences, was chosen for renovation by klopf architecture–in collaboration with arterra landscape architects and flegel’s construction. as part of the update, original walls were extended, allowing nearly the entire façade to be openable to the outside. the home flawlessly transitions between interior and exterior, equal parts residence and open air pavilion. further, the plan utilizes the japanese concept of borrowed landscape, and incorporates a fountain, concrete bench wall, and natural landscaping. the remodeled 1,712ft2 home functions as a single-family residence and is located in palo alto, california–the heart of silicon valley.

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kitchen and living room

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living room, featuring herman miller classics

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the façade opens almost entirely

indoor and outdoor seating areas

master bedroom and patio

the home updates a classic eichler residence

from street


bathroom from exterior



project info:


project team: john klopf–AIA, geoff campen, angela todorova
landscape architect: arterra landscape architects
structural engineer: brian dotson consulting engineers
contractor: flegel’s construction
photography: © 2014 mariko reed
location: palo alto, CA
year completed: 2014



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  • A very clean update of this Eichler. I am one of those people that may be too much of a purist by I think that the interiors could have been more delightful if the basic structural elements had been highlighted the way that they had been in the original home. The use of wood and its placement and choice adds tremendously to the interiors.
    I cannot shake the feeling that the otherwise all white interior is a good setting for wonderful furniture but it lacks the beauty of the original intent. It is plain without benefit except for the beautiful use of wood.
    Take all of the furniture out of an original Eichler (when it was new) and you have beautiful sculptured spaces that are pleasing by, and of, themselves. The same might not be said of this home other than the very nice treatment of the Kitchen wall which carries out into the garden.
    The front elevation of this project is lovely and the new bathroom is quite a treat. It is modest, clever and peaceful.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Charming, but way too much white!

    Janet says:

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