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Expansive California Home Blends Privacy with a Lovely Landscape

We often see how the landscape and the contours of a lot determine the overall silhouette of a home and define its ambiance. Located in Mountain View, California, this beautiful modern house is a perfect case in point, as the surrounding landscape and the presence of a nearby residential street shape its style and structure. Designed by Atelier Hsu, the Mountain View Residence is spread across 2,200 square feet, and its spacious interiors open up towards the large outdoor patio, while the street façade offers ample privacy. Creating a balance between lovely indoor-outdoor interplay and complete solitude, the home is built in the form of a ‘series of graduating volumes’.

Street facade of the Mountain View Residence offers ample privacy

An instantly noticeable feature of the house is the use of thick rammed earth walls that give the façade a unique look. These 16-inch thick walls were specifically designed to keep the house cool during the harsh California summers, while radiant-heated concrete floors were used to provide warmth during the colder winter months. This natural insulation also helps the energy efficiency of the house by cutting down on power consumption, while the large sliding glass doors of the living space bring in plenty of natural light.

Cypress trees add to the beauty of the natural landscape around the expansive home

16 inch thick rammed earth walls offer perfect insulation

Exquisite use of black anchors the spacious living room

Large living room that is connected with the secluded backyard

Sliding glass doors bring in ample natural ventilation

All-white kitchen island and countertop with a backdrop in earthen hue

Even though the home opens up towards the generous backyard, the lush green canopy and tall cypress trees provide natural cover and turn this nook into a tranquil, personal getaway. Earthen tones and neutral hues dominate the interior, with the kitchen and dining area being housed in one volume, while the living room and the bedroom with study occupy the other two volumes.

Master bedroom with ergonomic home office and master bath

Expansive glass and steel unit that opens up into the backyard patio

Floor plan of the Mountain View Residence in California

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, d├ęcor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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