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Woodview Terrace

Los Altos, California

Silicon Valley Home Tours, Day 1
Saturday, November 03, 2012

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The Woodview Terrace Residence is located on a corner lot. The site steps from the entrance on the South side, to the outdoor patio on the higher, North side. Native vegetation and California Redwoods populate gardens on all four sides of the house, creating opportunities for indoor-outdoor spaces to be used throughout the day and seasons.

The project began as a remodel to an aging mid-century Los Altos house. The cluttered interior partitions where removed, ceilings lifted, and large openings created to allow ventilation and natural light in, and provide easy access to the surrounding gardens. Centered around the kitchen, the great room is open and airy, with plenty of space to cook inside and out, and even for the kids and guests to join in. Tall, glass doors pocket into the walls, allowing the living and dining to flow seamlessly onto the outdoor dining terrace under the shade of the trees.

The entrance to the home is a butterfly roof with shading trellis that creates a large portico through which one enters the house. The interior space is open and casual with the kitchen at the center of activity.

About the Architect

Thumb Jess Field
Field Architecture

Field Architecture (fA) is an internationally recognized father and son team, the recent winner of multiple Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards. Founded by Stan Field and son, Jess Field, based on Stan’s 40 years of practice, fA is a multi-generational firm dedicated to creating landscape-sensitive architecture. Stan and Jess draw inspiration from the unique qualities and character of each site, to create architecture that is congruous with the land, and buildings that are beautiful, practical, and provide lasting places of interchange between the made and the natural.

fA’s approach is imaginative and rigorous, and draws on the marriage of the art and science of architecture – both creative and technical – to impart a sense of wonder in their designs.


Contractor: Elie Alcheck
Structural Engineer: Peter Boyce
Interior Design: By collaboration with Owner, Ronit A. Bodner, and Nancy M. Millstein
Landscape Designer: Richard Radford, The Garden Route Company

Tile: Walker Zanger
Kitchen: Poggenpohl

Primary Building Materials: Integral color exterior plaster, with Ipe wood sofits. Engineered maple wood floor.

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