2:1 House is a 3.400sf dwelling designed for an uplsope property in the Berkeley Hills, overlooking the city of Berkeley, San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge beyond. The title 2:1House refers to: the project being formed by two lots joined and bridged by one house; two programs in one building (live spaces and work studio); and the steepness of the property being a 2:1 slope.
The form of the house is the result of a zoning envelope maximized accordiing to setbacks, then subtracted from to accomodate vertical circulation infrastructure and the existence of protected stand of oak trees. The house's profile follows the terrain, forming a sloped bridge above an arrival platform for the entrance stairway and funicular lift. A one car garage is cut in at the street level below.
Main living spaces, bedrooms and studio orient toward the dramatic views toward the Bay and Golden Gate to the west.
The project received an AIA SF Honor Award, and Progressive Architecture Awards Citation.