4500 square foot three-level residence which rose from
the ashes of the Berkeley fires was our first collaboration
with Kappe+ Du Architects of San Rafael. We worked as
a design team from the inception of the project. By Berkeley
building code, it was necessary to rebuild within the
existing footprint. We felt it important to break the
rigid box of the previous structure by incorporating
curves in many areas, such as the vaulted ceiling, the
circular walls enclosing the kitchen, and the face of
the fireplace, which with it’s alternating
colors of striped slate stonework is an homage to the
Orvieto Cathedral in Italy.
As the owners are both engineers who telecommute part
of the time, the home office interior design was particularly
important. We presented images of loft interior designs
and proposed creating a similar loft-like environment for
their main living area. The floating mezzanine office is
suspended within the 2-story high open plan living space.
Natural light from the surrounding windows and skylights
above are paired with recessed downlights in this office
A consistent material palate was used throughout the project:
copper and charcoal slate, maple and cherry wood, and concrete
countertops, which reflect the striking vaulted copper
roof and the organic exterior color scheme.