Pavilion-Style Home in Dialogue with the Landscape

Designed to be in dialogue with its environs, this new Menlo Park, Calif. residence distinguishes itself from its suburban “modern farmhouse” neighbors by being resolutely modern and understated. A simple material palette of western red cedar, blackened steel, concrete, and glass, marry form and function. Existing native oaks and a heritage redwood tree informed the architectural language, which combines a woodsy, California-ecological sensibility with Miesian precision.

Studio Name: John Lum Architecture
Area: 6922-sf house + 630-sf garage on 22,000-sf land
Year: 2017
Location: Menlo Park, Calif.

Interior Design: Stephanie Zaharias Design
Contractor: Art of Construction
Landscape Architect: The Garden Route
Lighting: Revolver
Structural Engineer: Hohbach-Lewin, Inc.
Civil Engineering: MacLeod & Associates
Soils Engineer: Romig Engineers
Energy Consulting: Morton Green Building Services

Other Credits:
Photography Credits: Paul Dyer

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The 6,922-sf, four-bedroom, four-pavilion house, is divided into sections for eating, sleeping, living, and working, successfully balancing quietude and family togetherness. Organized around a central courtyard and connected by a series of floor-to-ceiling glass corridors, private and public space intertwine.

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The two-story great room accommodates large crowds for entertaining, while a bridge overhead allows occupants on the bedroom level to circulate above. Large sliding doors in the kitchen, dining and living spaces, open the house onto an expansive yard. Featuring al fresco dining, raised swimming pool, fire pit, and lounge seating, the family of four can enjoy year-round outdoor living.

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Solar panels, operable skylights, a whole-house fan, radiant heating, and proper orientation, allow for large expanses of glass, while meeting California’s strict Title 24 energy codes.

Abstract about practice:

John Lum Architecture is a boutique San Francisco-based architecture firm known for striking designs, innovative use of materials, green technology, and modern livability, founded by John Lum in 1994.

Recognized for their site-specific designs, commitment to sustainable development, and attention to detail, the bustling practice has completed 800+ projects ranging from new residential construction and remodels, to multifamily housing (SRO and micro-units), commercial interiors, retail environments, educational buildings, and medical facilities.

Located in a converted laundry machine factory in the city’s Mission District, the firm works with a diverse group of clients, combining efficiency and artistry to create warm interiors and exteriors primed for California living. Highly collaborative and deeply personal, the firm tailors each project to clients’ distinguished tastes, creating spaces that have soul. Projects play with materiality and natural light, and focus on conservation and sense of place. Whether designing modernist interiors or eye-catching retail displays, the firm always adds an element of play and harmony.


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