The small town of Atherton in Northern California is the home of a very luxurious, contemporary home called the Atherton Avenue Residence. It was designed by Arcanum Architecture, a San Francisco-based studio, who have managed to live up to the task of building an enormous, contemporary residence surrounded by a lush, forested area.
By an enormous residence I mean whole 6,700 square feet of living spaces on a corner where a broad avenue and a side street meet. The construction of the Atherton Avenue Residence is made up of four volumes staggered along the center only to be connected by a passage that begins in the atrium, extending all the way northward towards a series of bedrooms and bathrooms.
This unique parcel allowed for access points to the site to be moved off of the main roadway, which along with the landscaping, provides enhanced privacy.
Through various finish materials that carry through from the exterior to interior we aimed to create a fluid transition between the outdoor and indoor spaces.
The extensive use of glass, with large sliding and pocketing doors open into protected landscaped areas that allow for connection to nature.
The site contains many existing large trees and foliage which were not only preserved, but became interesting focal points as the building’s various masses were situated around them.