The home takes the shape of three parallel gabled volumes with stairs between them. Each of the volumes houses essential spaces and opens up onto an outdoor patio that overlooks the city, reinforcing the connection between home and landscape. The double-height middle volume, containing the living and dining areas, was conceived by the architects as a singular great hall, connecting all the other spaces. The pitch of its ceiling guides the eye toward the rear of the house, which opens up to the view over the city, at once providing shelter and inviting the outside in.
The entry to the home is located at the opposite end of this volume, and marked by two mature olive trees that flank the travertine pathway and solid oak front door. A set-back cobblestone motor court adds to the cinematic experience of arrival and allows for a visual connection with the city as one drives up.
The two lateral volumes of the home are divided into two stories, with white oak accented bedrooms and marble clad bathrooms on the upper story, giving these rooms a sense of comfortable privacy and quiet while allowing the lower story to enjoy unmitigated views to the surrounding landscape. The architects emphasized this essential connection by using light, almost golden wood to clad the inner walls of the middle volume, and travertine floors, which continue to the outside. A subtle nod to the vernacular barn, the white oak paneling guide the eye outward toward the view and give the home a sense of natural, easy coziness. Two oversized board-formed concrete fireplaces accent the living spaces.