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).