This very large house for a very large family was designed to sit within its suburban context as an interloper. By fracturing the major planes of the building into a series of different materials and surfaces, the volume of the building is minimized. This is further enhanced by breaking the residence into main house and a separate guest quarters (with garage and indoor/outdoor basketball court).
The exterior of the house is designed with a palette of multiple woods, stones, and geoemtries to visually break down its massing.
Enabled by careful detailing of the facade, the exterior of the building is conceptualized as a mask overlaid onto a box packed taut with program. Overlapping materials, protruding window sheaths, screened glazing, and a floating fin wall work to dissolve the reading of the solid box into one of a series of planes.
The ground floor of the main house hosts a mix of formal and informal dining and social spaces, as well as two full kitchens.
Upstairs, seven bedrooms are efficiently arrayed on either side of a light well. Moving vertically through the light well are two stairs: one panoramic and curvey and the other efficient and compact.
Though connected as a continuous indoor space, the building appears to be two separate structures from the exterior.