Los Gatos, CA
A modest house on a large sloping site (20 acres) that will serve the needs of the immediate family of four and periodic gatherings of extended family and friends for various communal conversations, gardening, cooking, and ecstatic spiritual dancing, inspired by Dervishes and Shakers.
Jan and Billy are inventors/mathematicians living in Silicon Valley and the Tropics. This home will be a place to live, work, and commune with friends. They described in detail how they intended to live in this place on this land 6-8 months of the year with their young adult children. They wanted a respite from their travels where they could re-center, recharge, reflect, and create in their family workshop and studio. Also, to gather with extended family and friends for various communal conversations, jam sessions, gardening, cooking, and ecstatic spiritual dancing, inspired by Dervishes and Shakers.
Located in Los Gatos, CA on 20 acres of land, the house is organized using a traditional courtyard scheme with a difference. Instead of it being a fortress, the exterior and interior perimeter walls are transparent and permeable, allowing the larger site, a small seasonal creek, and people to flow from the larger site through the building and into the courtyard. They imagined living on a terraced hillside with a single sloping roof plane overhead. The interior courtyard garden will be a mini organic farm.