Bothin Street Residence

Location: Fairfax, California     Currently Under Construction

A modest ‘40’s bungalow with a rich history was fully renovated and expanded on a remote south facing canyon slope.  The site strategy for the addition was carefully considered to accommodate a seasonal creek running through the middle of the site.  Extensive storm water and landslide management measures were implemented to protect the home and surrounding area. 

The simple opposing shed volumes take their form from the natural topography of the site.  The addition is clad in charred wood siding (a Japanese technique known as shou sugi ban) to mitigate the visual presence of the home in the landscape.  The interior is simple and spare, allowing the focus of the home to engage outdoor spaces and distant vistas of surrounding Mt. Tamalpais ridgelines.

Photos by Arleo Architects Inc.