California Meadow House by Olson Kundig - architecture and design

California Meadow House by Olson Kundig



Designed in 2017 by Olson Kundig, this contemporary single family house is situated in Woodside, California, United States.

Description
Envisioned as a singular continuous, flowing expression, this family estate designed by Jim Olson links architecture, interior design, art and landscape into an integrated whole. Unified around the central ?home base? living area, views radiate from this core in four directions across several reflecting pools to vistas into gardens and the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. The residence includes three auxiliary buildings and extensive outdoor living areas, but the subdued sophistication of the design helps dissolve the home into its verdant site. Creating spaces between the home?s various structures helps engage the landscape, resulting in a quietly elegant family complex where life extends out of doors into the temperate California Bay Area climate. The expansive 3.5 acre site is organized into two interconnected parts, reflecting contrasting attitudes toward the landscape. Along the entry to the property, rows of old-growth olive trees, a small vineyard and a succulent garden suggest a human touch upon the landscape. This cultivated portion of the site contains the ?public? areas of the house, including the main living and dining area. Continuing this ?public? space are the three auxiliary buildings, which step back along the front of the property perpendicular to the main house, echoing the organized rows of the n...
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