Hillside Eichler Inspired Residence in California “Atrium House” by Klopf Architecture

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Klopf Architecture was challenged to design Atrium House, an Eichler-inspired 21st-Century, energy efficient new home that would replace a dilapidated 1940s home for a family of three in Belmont, California. Klopf and the owners planned a home that is modern, connected to nature at every turn, simple, and modular with a sense of composure, restfulness, and highly energy efficient.

The home follows the gentle slope of the hillside while the overarching post-and-beam roof provides an unchanging datum line. The changing moods of nature animate the house because of views through large glass walls at nearly every vantage point. Every square foot of the house remains close to the ground creating and adding to the sense of connection with nature.

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