Shands Studio designed the 'San Anselmo House,' a cantilevered home located in Marin County, California.
The design objective for this project was to create a space with a meaningful visual relationship to the surrounding landscape, and direct access to it. The house, which is comprised of two perpendicular volumes, features large windows and sliding doors that fulfill both of these goals beautifully. The doors provide direct access to the outdoor patio and deck, which become an fluid, uninterrupted extension to the indoor living area.
On the south side, the upper level cantilevers over the lower level, offering the residents passive temperature regulation. Moreover, the upper level's inverted hip roof boosts solar panel exposure while simultaneously concealing the panels from view.