This residential renovation project, speaks of a singular imaginative vision, technological, structural and prescient environmental innovation, and an uncompromising level of craft – all of which were tethered by an underlying sense of unfailing optimism. This residence is distinctly Californian - it is as light and airy as it is a testament to the spirit of exuberance that mirrored that 1950s moment of our collective history.
The renovation by MAP is set in dynamic motion by an undulating folded-plate and old growth redwood ceiling that crowns and organizes the integral plan. The ceiling extends well beyond the exterior plane of the building with dramatic cantilevered overhangs that shield the building from the intensity of the sun & provide shelter for covered walkways that exquisitely embody iconic notions of indoor-outdoor living.
The residence embodies an expansive design with dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open-up to the entire east and southern exposures of the home and overlook the landscape with views of the Napa Mountains. Each room has direct access to the patio area, the focal point of outdoor entertaining, siting the open kitchen within easy reach. The home’s combination of transparency, opacity & polarity remains a hallmark - seminal to the design for this post-war modernist residence and its vision of the future.
This renovation is based upon a rationalized structural organization of 120º angles and integrates sustainability via a reductive material and color palette. There is not one 90º angle in the entire residence. Utilizing only unfinished California old growth clear-heart redwood, custom formulated local Basalite blocks, hand-cast concrete diamond shaped pavers, floor-to-ceiling glass panels and stainless steel. In order to maintain the structure’s integrity, materiality and its utopian ideals, MAP updated the home using only these same four original materials. Keeping to the original footprint but re-designing & expanding the kitchen & baths to enhance circulation in alignment with 21st-century sensibilities.
This residence was originally designed by Jack Hillmer in 1950 and built by the owners Milton and Winnifred Munger over a period of 10 years. The building was never fully completed until it was renovated by MAP in 2014.