Palo Alto, CA
Structure is celebrated in this three-story, 5,000 square foot residence, winner of the 2000 AIA Best of the Bay Architecture Award. Endres Ware and Fougeron Architects base the architecture on transparency and the revelation of structure. An exposed steel moment frame and supporting glass walls carry the building, and a suspended steel bridge and walkways provide heightened access through the house. Structural details provide the residence with exquisite ornament. As tiny rod micro-columns lift the roof, continuous clerestory windows flood interior spaces with light. Custom tapered fin columns are left exposed in the living room, and a central stairway, treaded with marble slabs cantilevered from two-inch torsion tubes, leaves its stainless steel rod brace exposed.