Lafayette, California 2006

Trachtenberg Architects designed this (as yet unbuilt) new house for a client who wanted to make the most of her spectacular 22-acre site in the hills above Lafayette. Though the site is very large the design of the house was constrained by an unusual number of overlapping zoning restrictions as to siting, building height, material palette, and public access. The main house, guest house, garage, pool, and outbuildings are organized around a private, inward facing court and the whole ensemble is nestled into the saddle of the hill.  The house feels rooted to the site and the rooms, both indoor and outdoor, take best advantage of amazing views and solar orientation.

Owner: Michele Schwartz
Architect: Robert Nishimori, David Trachtenberg