Creating Spatial Awareness

Terry & Terry Architecture design a dwelling for a young deaf family who desired an expanded open plan with ample transparency throughout the home, where vision and touch are a primary means of spatial awareness and orientation

Terry & Terry Architecture

Fact File
Project name: Edgewood House
Location: Palo Alto, California
Plot: 7,350 sqft
Project Area: 2,944 sqft
Completion: 2020
Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
Source: V2.com

Terry & Terry Architecture

The project consists of transforming a 1950’s existing home. Using a similar material palette, the design utilizes the primary floor plan and transforms the existing space by folding out the horizontal and vertical planes of the first storey to form the second storey. The new roof form creates a large central area and houses a second-floor bedroom wing. Elevating and shifting parts of the structure are used to support the second storey and the stairways.

Terry & Terry Architecture

The main living space is situated on the ground floor and offers expansive living spaces that extend into the landscape. Two existing bedrooms and office areas are reconfigured to become more transparent to the gardens.

Photovoltaic panels, solar water heating, and rain catchment systems are used to offset energy and water loads. Large overhangs provide sufficient shade during the warm months.