Dembowski Residence, Oakland, California 1999

This home was designed to be a private retreat, and to maximize daylight on a steep north-facing slope. The central element is a raised tower with clerestory windows that catch sunlight, even on the winter solstice, and distribute it through interior openings throughout the home. ¬†Multiple sources of natural light enliven geometrically simple spaces, while exterior deck “bridges” connect the home to the land, and create a walking circuit through the gardens.