situated near the top of the eastbay mountain range overlooking the city of oakland, this bright and airy property sits approximately 1,800 feet above sea level designed for a young family. the clients coveted an open plan home that would embrace the views of the bay and foster a connection to the existing garden.


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named the skyline house, the project by terry and terry architecture overcame challenges including tackling the extreme weather and temperature swings that would effect the residence due to its location. the interior features an open common space designed as a wooden tube that connects the front garden to the expansive viewing deck at the rear. the roof of the tube form is warped out and acts as a large ventilation volume for the living space. at the same time, it echoes the wisps of the coastal fog flowing inward, thus cooling the interior with the afternoon breeze. in turn, the main living space becomes the connector of the two contrasting outdoor spaces.


a large deck faces towards the southwest bay and golden gate

 

 

opposite of the remodeled kitchen, the interior dining space seamlessly opens out to the viewing deck creating one large open space and extending the roof structure as a trellis to shelter the space from the direct sun. a new staircase connects the main floor with the lower ground floor continuing the wood tube down through a crevasse to a media and projection room, bedroom and study.


the curving ceiling adds movement to the communal space


the media / projection room


the main living space becomes the connector of the two contrasting outdoor areas


entrance


 the roof of the tube form is warped out creating a large ventilation volume


floorplan of the ground floor

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