Saratoga House and Pool


  • Type Residential
  • Location Saratoga, California
  • Status Built
  • Date 2000-2005 *****

This house for a young family is no exception. There was the desire to experience an exceptional view, but not to be overwhelmed by it; a need for handicap accessibility, but a desire not to be controlled by it; a desire to feel the site’s dramatic topography, but without level changes; and a predilection for simple modern forms, but a firm belief in site-specific place making.

A joint venture with Burks-Toma Architects.

To complete the north end of the ridge-top property we designed a vanishing-edge pool that dramatizes the plinth-like ridge with a gesture to the San Francisco Bay to the north. Subtle topographic manipulation and leveling afforded by the spoils from pool excavation help mitigate the inaccessible nature of the site while still offering the inhabitants a direct experience of the drama of the site. In keeping with the dictates of the house, we incorporated the required features of wheelchair-accessibility without allowing these to be seen as compromises.

"This project succeeds because it makes my disability less evident to me." -Client

Project Awards

• 2004 Residential Architect Awards, Grand Award
• 2001 The Wood Design Awards Honor Award
• 2000 Custom Home Design Awards, Project of the Year
• 1999/2000 Special Award, Sunset Magazine/AIA Western Home Awards

Photography By Photographs by Cesar Rubio and Min Day
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