Located in Los Altos, California, Curt Cline's modern house seeks to respect the neighborhood fabric. By keeping the abode low-slung, using a few simple geometries, and the leaving the facade spare, Cline helped the structure blend in with the 1940s and 1950s structures around it. The materials—board-formed concrete and cedar slats—instill a contemporary California aesthetic.
Cline incorporated a number of green features into the design including a super-insulated envelope, ultra-efficient heat pump, and skylights for natural daylighting. "It approaches standards," he says. Pavers lead to the front door.
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls help the house connect to the landscape and also offer a material contrast to the oak floors and concrete.
A frosted-glass partition separates the living spaces.
The interior finishes mirror the exterior.
A natural daylight shines down the partition, imparting an ethereal glow.
Here's the rear of the residence.