Designed for devout Buddhists, this contemporary getaway invites the outdoors in with massive, moveable walls of glass.
When a pair of San Francisco tech executives purchased a Stinson Beach property sandwiched between the Marin Hills and Bolinas Lagoon, it was clear from the get-go that the extraordinary site had all the makings of a serene retreat.
Yet, despite the pristine landscape, the existing 1960s home that came with the property was in desperate need of a facelift.
Inspired by a vision of zen living, the couple tapped architect John Kleman of San Francisco–based
“Their goal from the very beginning was to make the house as calm and serene a place as possible by taking the site as sacred,” says John, who began the renovation by stripping the decayed, shingle-clad structure down to its studs.
Relying on a natural materials palette, he reimagined the 1,700-square-foot building into a contemporary dwelling that defers to the landscape. “The building is meant to feel like a natural place, so it’s all about simplicity, directness, and honesty with the materials.”
Examples of his restrained design approach can be seen in the low-maintenance, standing-seam metal roof as well as the new Western Red Cedar exterior siding that’s left untreated to develop a silvery gray patina over time.
Moveable walls of glass were also crucial for tying together the minimalist indoor/outdoor design. John, who loved the “very crisp and contemporary detailing” of LaCantina Doors, knew from experience that their line of Aluminum Thermally Controlled
“Our work was aimed at removing everything not essential to reveal the potential of the building’s unique site—anything that was a distraction to the view was minimized,” adds John.
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