Escher GuneWardena Architecture have projected this two 84 foot long steel beams span two concrete towers, lofting the 2000 square foot single family house above a steeply sloping hillside lot located in Pasadena, California. The structural solution provides an economy of engineering, while minimizing the ecological impact of the building on the natural topography and landscape.
Volumes containing storage and utility functions separate and define the living spaces. The largest volume, a garage placed at the center of the house, separates the parents and family zones while leaving the perimeter rooms open to views. The more public spaces (living, dining, outdoor deck, kitchen, and family room) are all interconnected, forming one continuous 84 foot long space with 180 degree views of the cityscape below and mountains beyond. The entire building, including the underside, is clad in a standard-sized cement board panel system.