The Oz House is a sensational one-of-a-kind luxury residence conceived as a reduced expression of sheer material and absolute form where connections and intersections are minimized to non-existence, cast almost of a single piece, like an iPhone. The building threads and weaves, making holes in things, or making things that make holes in things that are not. The bars twist and fold, cross and loop, bridge and divide. At the intersections are vertical connections. These abstract geologies do not impose, but expose, expanding the realm of space and diminishing the role of form.
The interest is in transparency and lightness contrasted with solidity and mass, folded on themselves, slipping and sliding through space as they frame and connect. Two L shapes bars balance on top of each other creating courts and overhangs, defining indoor and outdoor spaces with bridges and cantilevers.
The basement is for family play and casual entertaining, opening to a large grassed area below. A light court carved into the ground illuminates the other side of the L. Above is the main level for formal entertaining which cantilevers over the basement and looks to the city view. Dining, kitchen and family areas are in the other leg of the L, where stairs go up to the bedroom L, inverted and floating above. The leg facing the city view is the master, cantilevered over the wing below creating an outdoor room, the other leg are four children’s suites, connected by an office, sitting area and laundry, and bridging a void below which connects to the garages. Extraordinary is simply an understatement for this modern architectural marvel.
|Size||16,344 sq. ft. (1,518.39 m²)|
|Lot||71,003 sq. ft. (6,596.32 m²)|
|Land||1.63 acres (0.66 hectares)|
|Address||96 Ridge View Dr, Atherton, CA 94027, USA|
|Country||United States of America|
|County||San Mateo County|
|Architect||Stanley Saitowitz, Natoma Architects|