East Portola Valley Residence
The intent behind this large-scale project is to harmonize multiple outdoor spaces within the surrounding landscape so the natural environment is vividly felt, seen, and heard at every opportunity.
The owners requested generous outdoor spaces for very large gatherings as well as more intimate settings. Courtyards, a swimming pool deck, and a large covered fireplace dining area bring architecture, people, and nature together within a meaningful modern residential landscape design.
Soft planting areas, are bridged by walks, linking usable outdoor spaces and leading to four overlooks at the wildland edge. Emphasizing connecting people to the four directions helps them understand where they are in relationship to the home, the designed landscape, and the larger regional context.