Given their love for the neighbourhood and its majestic trees, the owners sought to repurpose the felled eucalyptus wood found on the property into outdoor furniture and key elements within the house, including the grand entry doors.
In keeping, exterior materials for the new home were selected for their organic nature, ability to age in place, and compatibility with the climate, such as charred wood siding (Shou Sugi Ban), copper, exposed steel, and concrete.
Interior materials were chosen to reflect the nature outside, including a mix of Massangis grey limestone and French oak for the flooring, weathered brass, blackened steel elements, and a variety of marbles and tiles, including art tiles by Lubna Chowdhary.
For the homeowners, who both grew up in the neighbourhood, the chance to collaborate on the design process and build a space for their impressive art collection was a dream.
For Conner + Perry, the home represents exactly what the owners were seeking — a quintessential California indoor/outdoor experience where everything feels open and unified.
Each of them has described the house as having a magical or mystical quality, allowing light in at the right moments, as well as the shadows of the trees, and a calming mirroring effect, says principal Kristopher Conner.