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A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley

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Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.
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  Through an integral relationship between use, form, and material, the Low/Rise House responds sensitively to site, nature, and neighborhood, creating a new type of suburban living – both urban and rural.  Photo by: Bruce DamonteCourtesy of: Bruce Damonte
    Through an integral relationship between use, form, and material, the Low/Rise House responds sensitively to site, nature, and neighborhood, creating a new type of suburban living – both urban and rural.

    Photo by: Bruce Damonte

    Courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

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  The first floor consists of two long and narrow structures that intersect in an open kitchen, providing distinct programmatic areas and settling into the tree-lined landscape, allowing yards to surround and permeate each room.  Photo by: Bruce DamonteCourtesy of: Bruce Damonte
    The first floor consists of two long and narrow structures that intersect in an open kitchen, providing distinct programmatic areas and settling into the tree-lined landscape, allowing yards to surround and permeate each room.

    Photo by: Bruce Damonte

    Courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

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  Large sliding glass doors suspend the living room within the landscape for family gatherings or larger events.  Photo by: Bruce DamonteCourtesy of: Bruce Damonte
    Large sliding glass doors suspend the living room within the landscape for family gatherings or larger events.

    Photo by: Bruce Damonte

    Courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

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  Maximizing daylight is only one of the sustainable design strategies used in the Low/Rise residence.  Photo by: Bruce DamonteCourtesy of: Bruce Damonte
    Maximizing daylight is only one of the sustainable design strategies used in the Low/Rise residence.

    Photo by: Bruce Damonte

    Courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

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  The relationship between interior and exterior becomes crucial in the articulation of the residence.  Photo by: Bruce DamonteCourtesy of: Bruce Damonte
    The relationship between interior and exterior becomes crucial in the articulation of the residence.

    Photo by: Bruce Damonte

    Courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

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  The private master suite opens into a fern garden in the eastern corner of the site.  Photo by: Bruce DamonteCourtesy of: Bruce Damonte
    The private master suite opens into a fern garden in the eastern corner of the site.

    Photo by: Bruce Damonte

    Courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

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  A compact and vertical guest tower is sited at the western corner of the lot amongst tall evergreens, allowing for a more private guest experience, more compact floor plan, and the ability to effectively shut off (socially and energy-wise) the guest spaces zone by zone during typical daily use.  Photo by: Bruce DamonteCourtesy of: Bruce Damonte
    A compact and vertical guest tower is sited at the western corner of the lot amongst tall evergreens, allowing for a more private guest experience, more compact floor plan, and the ability to effectively shut off (socially and energy-wise) the guest spaces zone by zone during typical daily use.

    Photo by: Bruce Damonte

    Courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

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  Atop the 30-foot tower, a roof deck emerges through the trees, providing a unique vantage point of the structure below and the surrounding townscape.  Photo by: Bruce DamonteCourtesy of: Bruce Damonte
    Atop the 30-foot tower, a roof deck emerges through the trees, providing a unique vantage point of the structure below and the surrounding townscape.

    Photo by: Bruce Damonte

    Courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

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