in celebration of the 60’s
tucked away in los altos hills, the round house by feldman architecture is a geometrically unique structure — one of a few similarly shaped homes built in california in the 1960s. the clients fell in love with this quirky circular house and initially planned a modest remodel. soon after moving in, the pair recognized the inefficiencies of their new home — low window eaves curiously obstructed the otherwise spectacular views, spurring their desire to open and modernize the design. the team set out to craft a respectful enrichment of the home’s original form, focusing in on a site-sensitive response to the steep, challenging plot.
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sweeping views from the round house
perched atop a precipitous site, the round house by feldman architecture (find more) has 180-degree views with a deck that runs around its perimeter. the original central courtyard, once open-to-sky, transformed into the kitchen — an appropriate gesture for an aspiring baker and a family of food enthusiasts. a large circular skylight streams daylight into the kitchen, creating a makeshift sundial that illuminates different sections of custom curved casework throughout the day.
the wrapping residence by feldman architecture
from the main entrance of feldman architecture’s round house, visitors can effortlessly progress through the open-plan living room, kitchen, and spacious deck before circumnavigating the house through a wrap-around walkway. a concentric hallway traces the kitchen, leading to discrete pie-shaped rooms carefully arranged to demarcate private from the public space. an outdoor deck is strategically carved out at the intersection of the living room and kitchen — framing sprawling views of the south bay.
tall, curved pocket doors vanish into the walls, asserting a seamless indoor-outdoor connection. the modest perimeter deck allows outdoor access from all the bedrooms, while curved landscape walls radiate outward and into thoughtful softscape.
a japanese style of charred wood siding, called shou sugi ban, seamless concrete floors, crisp curved white walls, and minimalist interiors let the colorful and dramatic views speak first. due to the challenges of its circular form, the project team had to seek creative solutions in each aspect of the venture. most conventional solutions favor straight geometry, which made for a refreshing intervention that is an honest response to the constraints of this unique project.
feldman architecture perches its wrapping ’round house’ atop a california bluff.