Large glass windows and doors ensure that the revamped home never feels dark or congested even as a stylish new floating staircase connecting the various levels adds visual lightness and sculptural beauty to the setting. With a luxurious master bedroom with ensuite occupying the attic the lower levels offer ample space for social living zones.
Berkeley California used to be a farming community far from the big city of San Francisco which is located across the Bay. When transit lines reached the East Bay both Berkeley Oakland and other communities in the area got subdivided and divided again as people now had easy access to the city. In some cases early landowners bought as much land as they could but then could only afford to construct cottages.
Making the best possible use of the unique topography of the area and the existing home the gorgeous contemporary extension of the is an absolute delight! Designed by Thellend Fortin Architectes this new addition not only alters the contours of the home from the outside it brings a sleek minimalist charm to the interior as well. Clad in the cantilevered extension adds another level to the house while ensuring that the homeowners have the perfect view of the pool and landscape outside.
The perforated screen not only protects the home from gusty weather but also brings in natural light while keeping away the heat in the harsh summer months. But beyond these obvious advantages the screen also pays homage to the textiles made by the indigenous community of Chiapas by using repetitive geometric patterns.
The lower level also houses the kitchen and the dining area on an elevated platform along with a sunken living room while large sliding doors coupled with sheer curtains connect the interior with the backyard.