Occupying 3.5 acres in Woodside, California, Olson Kundig's California Meadow House integrates the surrounding nature into every aspect of its design. The family estate, designed by one of the firm's founding principles Jim Olson, is organized around the main living area. Clad in glass, this central core affords views in every direction including expansive panoramas of the gardens, vineyards, reflecting pools, and the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance. The glazed facade doesn't create just a visual connection to the landscape. It also links the interior directly to the outside through retracting window walls. On the exterior, the dwelling complements the setting with a combination of patinated bronze, black granite, and dark wood. The natural palette works its way into the inside, creating an earthy backdrop for custom furniture and lighting designed by Jim Olson along with a contemporary art collection also curated by the architect. Aside from the aesthetic, the home offers several high-performance systems to produce more energy than it uses.
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