The design begins with the siting of the house with the desire to preserve the uncultivated landscape. A line of trees and underbrush are preserved at the front of the site, buffering the sound of the busy street.
The house consists of four distinct volumes that are carefully placed within the landscape. The master suite, guest suite, and theater pavilions are surfaced with interlocking zinc panels. Clerestories along the northern exposures fill the volumes with indirect light. Selective reveals in the zinc skin punctuate the southern and eastern exposures.
A delicate steel and glass “public” pavilion contrasts with and connects the solid private pavilions. It serves as the center of shared activities, entertaining, and a place to display the owners’ extensive art collection. Two long masonry walls reinforce the organizational geometry of the house. One wall provides a backdrop for an outdoor reflecting pool and the other screens the auto court and garage.