The Baboolal Residence                         

Firelight and warm woods on the northern meadow

Firelight and warm woods on the northern meadow

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

North Elevation

North Elevation

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Deep Sheltering Porch

Deep Sheltering Porch

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Evening porch

Evening porch

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Sheltering rooflines

Sheltering rooflines

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Baboolal Residence

Baboolal Residence

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Main Bedroom Area from Outside

Main Bedroom Area from Outside

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

The north wall is actually a large movable sliding glass door assembly.

The north wall is actually a large movable sliding glass door assembly.

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Main Living Spaces Interconnection

Main Living Spaces Interconnection

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

The "borrowed landscape" to the North.

The "borrowed landscape" to the North.

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

The oversized north wall glass doors open to the terrace on the north.

The oversized north wall glass doors open to the terrace on the north.

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Kitchen

Kitchen

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Nursery

Nursery

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Main Bathroom

Main Bathroom

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Main Bathroom

Main Bathroom

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Disappearing Glass Wall

Disappearing Glass Wall

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Connecting the indoors to the terrace

Connecting the indoors to the terrace

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Sheltering Roof

Sheltering Roof

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Dynamic Facade

Dynamic Facade

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Rooflines

Rooflines

Photo by Tzu Chen Photography ©

Front Door

Front Door

Photo by Arielle Schechter

Custom Kitchen

Custom Kitchen

Photo by Arielle Schechter

Kitchen

Kitchen

Photo by Arielle Schechter

Kitchen

Kitchen

Photo by Arielle Schechter

Floating Screen Porch

Floating Screen Porch

Photo by Arielle Schechter

The Baboolal residence is for a lovely family.  They had previously lived in a development and been frustrated by illogical and wasted spaces, so decided to build their own custom home.  

 

Our driving concept for the Baboolal residence was the Japanese principle of "Shakkei" -- borrowed landscape or scenery.  The north side of their property is adjacent to a gorgeous grassy meadow which is part of a neighbor's property.  This north side is the dominant view from the Baboolal residence, so we are "borrowing" this view.   Borrowing the landscape is not just a Japanese design principle, but also one used prominently in British landscape design since the 1700's.

 

For this project, the owners' view is protected as the field will never be built upon --  the meadow is actually the very large septic field for the neighbor's large estate.  It's also a butterfly and bee haven in the summer and provides a beautiful and serene view year round.  It is also one of the more private parts of the site because there are no houses visible from that side of the house, except in the far distance.  

Our design encompasses a progression: one enters the house from the the south, which in turn opens up into the main living space looking out into the beautiful borrowed landscape view to the north.  We made the entire north wall of the living and dining room operable glass doors (built to passive house standards for energy efficiency) to create a powerful indoor-outdoor connection.  

Other special custom features include a nursery for the kids that they can each access from their respective bedrooms; a spa like main bathroom for the parents; a gourmet kitchen including a swanky little bar; a quiet zone for the parents suite; a private study for listening to old vinyl jazz records and more.

The Baboolal residence was built by NewPhire Building.  

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