Charred timber home perched above Silicon Valley takes cues from nature

January 15, 2018 by  
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High above Silicon Valley sits a striking home with a two-story volume clad in blackened cedar. Schwartz and Architecture designed the residence, named Shou Sugi Ban House after the traditional Japanese method used to burn the wood to wrap it in a layer of carbon highly resistant to water, fire, and mold. The charred timber volume is an extension to an existing one-story home, the interior of which was also substantially remodeled by the architects. Located on the crest of a hill in Los Gatos, California, Shou Sugi Ban House is a 4,350-square-foot renovation and expansion project that takes inspiration from the surrounding landscape, including the texture and look of boulders, bark, and leaves. “Enlarging an existing home that has an already strong and complete architectural character can be challenging,” wrote the architects. “Here, we anchor the existing one-story home with a new two-story independent volume, using it both as punctuation mark and counterpoint to the existing composition. We clad the addition in traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban burnt cedar siding both to anchor home with site and to create the visual weight necessary to anchor the existing exuberantly-roofed horizontal building.” Related: Stunning Lake Michigan home is built from dying ash reclaimed onsite In contrast to the extension’s dark facade, the airy interior features whitewashed walls with natural textures applied throughout. A family room occupies the lower level while a bedroom is placed upstairs. Views of the outdoors are framed through large full-height glazing making it feel as if the interior is open to the outdoors. A particularly beautiful feature of the new extension is the minimalist floating staircase made of painted-steel and cantilevered walnut treads that the architects liken to leaves growing on a branch. + Schwartz and Architecture Images via Matthew Millman

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Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

July 8, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock When considering the affluent neighborhoods of Silicon Valley , few expect there to be so many families living in the California tech center that are going hungry each night. Yet thousands in the area can be classified as “food insecure,” a fact that deeply affected Los Gatos teenager Kiran Sridhar. When he was only 12, Sridhar created the program Waste No Food , a nonprofit that connects restaurants with the needy through a web platform . Now he has plans to expand his organization into nearby San Francisco. Read the rest of Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill emerson good samaritan act , California , Charity , dio deka , hungry , kiran sridhar , lick-wilmerding high school , Los Gatos , manresa , San Francisco , silicon valley , waste no food        

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Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

September 18, 2012 by  
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