Nice modern house called the Olson Residence located in Portola Valley, California is completed designed by the architect Macy Architecture/Jensen & Macy Architects. This simple living space is designed upon the foundations of a previous residence and around an existing pool.
The prior house ignored the basic principles of the bioclimatic design. It had a poor relationship with its site. Furthermore, it is in a state of dilapidation, so it is necessary to demolish it entirely with the exception of the garage.
According to the passive solar design principles, the new home has been designed. It is featuring the optimum southerly exposures and the natural ventilation strategies. The large sliding glass doors shielded by the generous overhangs from the solar heat gain. This is combined with the thermal mass of the radiant-heated polished concrete floors and the operable clerestory windows; it helps maintain a pleasant interior environment year round.
Modern Home Design Interior
The architect main key goal is to create a feeling of the flexibility and the openness throughout and to allow for the strong connections between the various indoor and the outdoor spaces. The sliding doors, both the interior and the exterior, allow for the inhibited and enfilade views in addition to the extensive use of the high-performance glass.
This is especially evident at the main Living/Dining room where the doors pocket entirely into adjacent walls, realizing the effect of a freestanding outdoor pavilion. The new living space is actually more modest in size, then the previous living space with the addition of separate second dwelling unit (2340 square foot vs. 2455 square foot). This accessory structure can serve either as a pool house, guest-house, rental unit, or apartment for a live-in caregiver as the owner’s needs evolve.
Photography by Cherie Cordellos