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This unique modern home was designed for a family accustomed to a small house in San Francisco. Sited atop a hill in California’s Gold-country, the construction materials were selected to reflect old mining structures found throughout the region. The underlying Masonic ‘ad quadratum’ geometry of interlocking squares reflects the relationship of the known to the unknowable. This geometry lends strength and proportion to the building in both plan and section.

Floor to ceiling windows on the southwest side offer inspiring views of the Sierra foothills and the Central Valley. Four large interior wood columns branch out at the top, giving the impression of a canopy of trees supporting the roof above. Light from all directions enters via clerestory windows and a central, pyramidal skylight 8 feet wide, providing the interior spaces with balanced natural light.


Architecture: Marc Lindsell, 2M Architecture

Structural: Chris McIlwain, Geddings Engineering

Civil: Paul Geddings, Geddings Engineering

Geotechnical: Holdrege & Kull, Nadine Langley

Surveyor: California Survey Company, Stephen Hein

Lighting: Alice Prussin

Energy Analysis: Energy Calc Co.

Builder: Not selected

Renderings: 2M Architecture