Palo Alto 1 House (4)

Palo Alto 1 House

Palo Alto 1 – A Green Demonstration House

I like garden rooms and rooms in gardens, and spaces that frame and become intertwined with the garden and that invite you to move in and out.

Located on a corner lot in Palo Alto and replacing a former abandoned auto body shop, this 2,900 SF, two-story house was designed for a single parent and her two children as a home that from the outset was conceived as a “green demonstration” house through which groups would tour. The design concept was of a simple, wood-sided volume cracked open into two wings, one oriented on the city grid, the other oriented on the solar grid, linked by a glass and steel entry, stair, and bridge element through which the garden is interwoven. The house was envisioned as a literal and metaphoric bridge between commercial/residential and public/private. Photovoltaic panels produce 70% of the house’s electrical needs and were in part financed through a competitive grant awarded by the City of Palo Alto. Designed while at EHDD Architecture in association with Joe Esherick.

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