OZ House by Stanley Saitowitz|Natoma Architects

The translucent geometry.

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住宅位于加利福尼亚 Atherton 的一个山顶,通过蜿蜒的盘山公路可以到达项目所在的位置。入口大门处的混凝土墙体上切割了镂空的门牌号“96”。进入内部后,视线向各个方向延伸,旧金山的天际线在建筑周围展开。

The site is a hilltop in Atherton, accessed via the winding Ridgeview Drive, ending in a circular cul de sac. The entry gate is framed by a concrete wall from which the house number, 96, is incised. Once inside, views in other directions unfold, and in the distance, the skyline of San Francisco framed by the entry canopy.

▼建筑全貌,overview of the residence

▼住宅入口,the entrance of the residence


Two L shapes bars balance on top of each other creating courts and overhangs, defining indoor and outdoor spaces with bridges and cantilevers.

▼L形态的体块,two L shapes bars balance on top of each other


Services are solid elements which comb the space with walls of mechanism and storage floating within the open lines of the bars.

▼实体体块帮助梳理空间,solid elements comb the space with walls

▼面向景观的一侧使用了全开放的玻璃幕墙,a light court carved into the ground illuminates the other side of the L


The basement is for family play and casual entertaining, opening to a large grassed area below. A light court carved into the ground illuminates the other side of the L. Above is the main level for formal entertaining which cantilevers over the basement and looks to the city view. Dining, kitchen and family areas are in the other leg of the L, where stairs go up to the bedroom L, inverted and floating above. The leg facing the city view is the master, cantilevered over the wing below creating an outdoor room, the other leg are four children’s suites, connected by an office, sitting area and laundry, and bridging a void below which connects to the garages.

▼首层空间布置了正式的活动区域,the ground floor is defined for formal activities

▼建筑悬挑的空间,the cantilevered volume


The house is a reduced expression of sheer material and absolute form where connections and intersections are minimized to non-existence, cast almost of a single piece, like an iPhone.

▼单纯的空间关系,the simplified space



The building threads and weaves, making holes in things, or making things that make holes in things that are not. The bars twist and fold, cross and loop, bridge and divide. At the intersections are vertical connections. These abstract geologies do not impose, but expose, expanding the realm of space and diminishing the role of form.

▼建筑体块相互交叠,the bars twist and fold, cross and loop, bridge and divide


The interest is in transparency and lightness contrasted with solidity and mass, folded on themselves, slipping and sliding through space as they frame and connect.

▼客厅,living room


▼室内通透的光感和混凝土实体的对比,the translucent feel contrasts with the concrete walls


▼交通空间,circulation space


Architect / Firm: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.
Project Name: OZ House
Project Location: Atherton, California
Client: Olana and Zain Khan
Program: 2 story and basement single family residence with pool house, guest house and garages
Completion Date: January, 2017

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