House of the week: A Californian retreat

Nick Myall
Friday 24 Jul 2015

Three Tea Houses designed as transparent steel and glass pavilions hover above the beautiful Californian landscape

This week’s House of the Week is actually several houses perched on a Californian hillside in the United States…

Years ago, when the owner of a Silicon Valley home in California and his young daughter explored the remote hills surrounding their Silicon Valley home, they discovered a beautiful, idyllic setting below a ridge, under a grove of large California Live Oaks. At first they planned to build a tree house in the area but the idea gradually evolved into a ‘Tea House’. This would be a retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life where they could peacefully observe nature in lush green surroundings. Years later, there are now three Tea Houses, each with its own purpose: meditation, sleeping and ‘visioning’ or creative thinking.

Each Tea House is designed as a transparent steel and glass pavilion hovering above the beautiful Californian landscape. The concrete core elements were cast-in-place. These anchor the pavilions, supporting steel channel rim joists which cantilever beyond the cores to support the floor and roof planes. With its minimal footprint, the design treads lightly on the land, minimising grading and preserving the delicate root systems of the native oaks and forest vegetation.

The WAN House of the Year Award 2015 is open to enter until 31st August. Further details Click Here

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