You can find this unusual house in Marin, California. It is designed by architect Stanley Saitowitz from Natoma Architects. The building first captures with its naturally looking wood and glass modern design among the various vegetation in the landscape and on second look it also proves to be a very well functioning home.
Bridge house open-air space
The building stretches 6,70 m across a ravine standing on a forest property of 15 acres (about 60,700 m²), the structure is elevated from the ground standing on columns that lead its weight to the foundations underground. The lifting creates an open-air space under the house around the middle part where the ravine is mostly concaved. In both ends the structure is entirely connected to the ground.
The home has two story levels that have a reverted function. Instead of putting the living areas on the lower floor and the bedrooms on the upper, the designer creates a more interesting solution. The bedrooms that are logically the most private parts of the house are sheltered in the first floor and completely enclosed from one side by wooded facade panels.
Dining room interior design
The other side that faces the forest is glazed with a pattern of small windows overtaking most of the facade on this level. The second floor consists of all living areas and is the opposite of floor one. It also has two different facades but inverted compared to the lower level: one side is enclosed by wood panels and the other is glazed. There are two large open terraces on the second floor one of which is located next to the kitchen and dining room and can be used as an outdoor dining area.
Bridge house exterior
It is also connected to a small staircase that descends to a glass platform which acts like a buffer to the house and the beautiful wide swimming pool to the front. Both terraces are connected through an outdoor hallway that stretches across the whole front facade. It is reachable from the floor-to-ceiling glazed living area and protected by glass railing.
Text by K.H.Hristova