Modern House Architects completed the design for Monte Serino Residence, a contemporary retreat located in San Francisco, USA. Structured on two levels, the residence consists of a series of open and closed spaces, envisioned in close connection to the surrounding landscape. The backside of the house opens up towards a large infinity pool and the lush greenery beyond, while lateral views reveal the neighboring shore. Glass doors, windows and an unexpected void (shaping up into a creative terrace) at the second level contrast visually with the wooden wall paneling.
An open plan living room with tall ceilings sets the tone for a sumptuous atmosphere. Each interior seems to expand outdoors and merge with the natural colors of the environment. Wood is present throughout, emphasizing on the traditional character of some of the smaller rooms. Concrete and steel add a dynamic twist to the scheme. Large corridors framed by bookshelves ensure transition between spaces.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.