The design of this single family home in the Berkeley-Oakland hills
grew out of the challenges of the very steep, north-facing lot,
and setback requirements from both the street and a creek to the
side of the lot. The dug-in garages are oriented to minimize retaining
wall heights, with the rest of the house oriented to the setbacks.
Roof patios compensate for the steepness of the land, while dug-in
courts to the east and south provide ground access from the dining
room and upper bedrooms.
The 2,360 sq. ft. house is arranged in four vertical
levels, all inter-connected with a central light shaft, large enough
to contain the stairs and an elevator.