Atop a hill with sweeping 360-degree views of forested slopes and the San Francisco Bay, the barbecue was fired up, and over chargrilled steak and a fine bottle of wine, architect Mark Jensen and his client discussed the home that was to be built there.This was some site visit. “It was just one of many,” says Jensen, one of four principals at Jensen Architects. “We spent a lot of time hanging out together at the site, talking about what kind of home was wanted, and getting a sense of how the site changed throughout the day.”
The initial idea was for the house—which would become the Turner Residence—to sit on top of the ridge or just below it, but over time this morphed into something altogether more interesting and complex. “We arrived at the idea of the house nestled into the side of the ridge, like a nest, giving a high vantage point and a sense of protection at the same time,” says Jensen, whose clients were a graphic designer and his wife.
“A home is such a high-performance piece of architecture,” says principal Alison Brooks. “People experience their home every single day, and it is tested at all times; it has to live up to this scrutiny. An architect’s skill is to be able to make domestic space, form, and materials work as art, and in ways that you would not have thought of yourself, such as inventive approaches to working with light, capturing unexpected views, and creating new relationships—it’s about connecting spaces and people more joyfully.”
From Christie’s International Real Estate | Luxury Defined | April 6, 2017
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