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Atherton Residence

Atherton, CA


Silicon Valley Home Tours, Day 2
Sunday, November 04, 2012


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Located on the peninsula south of San Francisco, this house sits on an internal suburban flag lot. The previous 1950’s house, which was removed due to structural problems, featured mature landscaping and a manmade pond that the clients wanted to preserve. They wanted their new house to be a private retreat that maximizes the drama of the pond and takes advantage of the privacy of the site. As advocates of year round outdoor dining and entertaining, the clients wanted a house that would open up to the landscape and have as many outdoor rooms as possible. The design solution breaks the program into four buildings – main house, study, pool house and garage – that ring the edge of the site and focus inwards on the pond, garden and pool. The main house features a butterfly roof that turns up to the south with a dramatic overhang. Large sliding glass doors open directly out to the pond and terrace. The roofs conceal photovoltaic and solar hot water panels. The house is heated with a radiant system in the stone floors, and despite the hot climate it is not air conditioned, but passively cooled with a combination of overhangs, shades, and operable windows. The house also features many green building materials, including high fly-ash concrete, formaldehyde-free casework and denim insulation. The new house creates a special place for the clients, making a main residence feel like a vacation retreat.

About the Architect


Thumb Eric Haesloop, FAIA and Mary Griffin, FAIA
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects


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Turnbull Griffin Haesloop is an award-winning architecture firm, led by principals Mary Griffin FAIA, Eric Haesloop FAIA and Stefan Hastrup AIA from our San Francisco office. We are a woman-owned business renowned for sustainable, site sensitive design of houses as well as wineries, churches, libraries and independent schools. Our work also includes campus planning, adaptive reuse and historic renovations. An integral part of our practice is interior design, headed by Margaret Turnbull Simon ASID.

We believe architecture is primarily concerned with establishing a "sense of place," inspired by the uniqueness of each site and each client. Since the concept for each of our buildings is rooted in its environment, we are particularly attentive to topography, microclimate, vegetation and solar orientation. We listen carefully to the aspirations and requirements of our clients.

Mary Griffin, Eric Haesloop and Stefan Hastrup collaborate on all aspects of design and continue William Turnbull’s commitment to producing buildings of enduring architectural value. Turnbull Griffin Haesloop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, with several LEED accredited professionals.




Collaborators


Architect: Mary Griffin, FAIA and Eric Haesloop, FAIA (John Kleman, Project Manager)
Engineer: Mike Forbes, Fratessa Forbes Wong
General Contractor: Carter Seddon, Carter Seddon Construction
Landscape Architect: Ron Lusko Jr., Lutsko Associates (Terri McFarland, Project Manager)
Photographer: David Wakely, David Wakely Photography


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