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Contemporary 440 House, USA

Fougeron Architecture a San Francisco-based design studio has designed the 440 House. The contemporary property is located in downtown Palo Alto, California, USA.

The contemporary Californian property is a two storey 5,000 sq. ft. house with a complex program including two studies, one exercise room, two bedrooms, a living room, family room, dining room, kitchen and wine cellar.

This contemporary Californian property represents a clear example of the interior designers modernist aesthetic.  The glassy, open-plan house incorporates the latest in building technologies, such as new glass products from England and avant-garde structural systems.  The exposed structural steel moment frame in the circulation spine and the thin columns and beams express the construction system for the house and its presence in an earthquake zone.  Natural light from various sources – floors, ceilings, and walls – combine with translucent, transparent, and reflective materials to create visually dynamic spaces.

The contemporary Californian property is organised around the central living room volume, which is flanked by a glazed circulation spine and a solid storage mass.  It was conceived as a transparent link between the gardens at the front and back of the house.  This transparency is augmented through the use of tapered steel plate columns and beams which carry the eye past the steel framed glazing system to the ourdoors.  The circulation spine, with its two story glass channel walls and sandblasted glass floor, pierces the building at both ends, reinforcing the transparency of the living room by reconnecting the viewer with the garden spaces.

Throughout the contemporary property, a complex array of materials for floors, walls, ceilings, and cabinetry has been carefully orchestrated to create an environment that, while simple, is full of visual surprise and tactile delights.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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March 8, 2012 | Property | View comments

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