The site for the Kwalala House is a dramatic 2.4 acre hilltop property, with 270 degree views of San Francisco, the East Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, and the San Francisco Bay. Accessed by a narrow winding road that terminates at the top of the mountain, the new home has been designed to take full advantage of its spectacular setting. Organized around a circulation spine that runs west to east, all major spaces have large glazed openings that face either the valley of Kentfield to the north, or San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay to the south. The master bedroom on the main level and the library on the upper level also enjoy magnificent views across San Francisco Bay to Berkeley and other East Bay communities.
The architectural language is simple, yet strong. A gray stone clad stairway acts as a visual anchor and a counterpoint to the long, dark stained, fasciae of the horizontal roof planes. Deep overhangs on the east and south sides of the home help to shade the floor-to-ceiling glass, thereby helping to limit excessive heat-gain within the home. Additionally, the long horizontal roof extensions visually connect indoor and outdoor spaces.