Oz House in Silicon Valley
A young couple with two young children wanted to have a home with a casual, barefoot feel, something that felt like a dream vacation destination.
Living in Silicon Valley – and presumably doing rather well there – the California clients commissioned this luxurious escape from Swatt Miers Architects.
The result is a beautiful modern home that captures the essence of casual California open-plan living.
The heart of the home is this two-story great room. Sheathed in mahogany boards, and fully glazed on two sides, it is a light center.
Above it is a mysterious and rather unique floating glass bridge.
This connects – and separates – the family and sleeping wings at each end upstairs, while allowing daylight through to the great room below.
The pounding rhythm of the heavy wooden beams below the glass foot bridge lend the home the air of a sacred site or a sculpture garden or museum.
Well placed works of art with a striking presence accent the rich natural materials.
The display case of primitive artifacts can be glimpsed at the end of the great room. The kitchen opens up completely to the outdoors with floor to ceiling folding doors.
Sleek glossy white offsets the rich natural mahogany throughout.
The open and airy house is set in a large site with mature landscaping and gardens designed by landscape architect Ron Herman.