DAVID YUM Architects
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Oakland Hills Residence
East Bay, California

A new house in the hills of Oakland, California overlooking the bay and Berkeley campus was built in place of one lost in the great firestorm of 20 October, 1991.

The orientation and material of the new residence are a direct response to its context and environmental conditions. Due to the dry climate and ever-present danger of fire, the house is clad in concrete, metal and polycarbonate panels. The cladding system is organized on a rigorous grid and follows a regular module while cantilevered pieces are differentiated by metal and glass. The "L" configuration of the house, which projects toward the bay, combined with strategic window placement offers views of the bay, hills, and landmarks such as the Berkeley clock tower (with MH-A).

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