Palo Alto: Whitsell Av

The house has nearly 100 windows, many of them here in the Great Room that surrounds the slate courtyard. The great room has no floor above it, allowing a sloped roof and windows to soar toward the sky and tree canopies. The exposed beams are made of oriented flakes of wood, a 'green' material that is stronger than lumber.

Note the use of a soffit (shelf) that attenuates the perceived height of the walls and provides an ideal location for dramatic up- and down-lighting, as well as art. The countertops are made of concrete and recycled glass.


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  Copyright 2007 David Solnick
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