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California LEED-Platinum home centered on three living pavilions

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This spectacular LEED-Platinum home was designed by Butler Armsden Architects, located on a suburban property in Menlo Park, California. This residence is comprised of 3,542 square feet spread out over three pavilion living spaces. Careful attention was given to the design of the exterior facade, which faces a busy cross street, visible almost a quarter mile on approach. The series of three pavilions are closely connected to one another. Where the master bedroom and the library pavilion are accessed by a bridge instead of a hallway, positioned on the second level. The bridge floats through a two-story space, capturing natural light from the east. The design aesthetic reflects the variety of architectural styles that you will find throughout traditional California suburbs.

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The architecture “recalls the original Spanish heritage of the area, but also makes reference to the mid-century tradition of the Eichler subdivision houses, and includes a subtle wink to Frank Lloyd Wright,” states the architects. The three buildings on the property operate individually but are meant to be utilized as one structure. The zones are segregated into service, sleeping and living areas. By segmenting these living environments, it helps to not only regulate temperature, but to encourage an indoor-outdoor lifestyle that interacts with the home’s surroundings.

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The structure has a unique form, forcing one to look in four directions when standing in front of the centrally located entrance, nestled between the three living pavilions. Almost one-hundred percent of the project was either recycled or diverted, which included old tongue-and-groove ceilings; one of the architects re-used it in their own home. Interestingly, what remained of the old building was repackaged to use as a possible kit home.

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What We Love: This LEED-Platinum home is stylishly designed both inside and out. We love the idea of three living pavilions instead of the traditionally used open concept design. The helps to separate the living spaces into what you are using them for. When not in use, this helps to conserve energy, a big part of what this net-zero home is centered on. What are your thoughts on this sustainable home?

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Photos: Courtesy of Butler Armsden Architects

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