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Edgewood House in Palo Alto, California by Terry & Terry Architecture

Project name:
Edgewood House
Architecture firm:
Terry & Terry Architecture
Palo Alto, California, USA
Bruce Damonte
Principal architect:
Alex Terry, Ivan Terry
Design team:
Alex Terry, Ivan Terry, Mike Start
Interior design:
Terry & Terry Architecture
Built area:
2,944 ft²
Site area:
7,350 ft²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Don David Double D Engineering
Environmental & MEP:
Terry & Terry Architecture
Tools used:
Maor Greenberg, Greenberg Construction
Wood, Metal, Glass, Concrete
Residential › House

Terry & Terry Architecture: The dwelling is designed for a young Deaf family, who desired an expanded open plan that incorporates Deaf-Space, creating ample transparency throughout the home, where vision and touch are a primary means of spatial awareness and orientation.

The project consists of transforming a 1950’s existing Joseph Eichler home. Using a similar material palette, the design utilizes the primary floor plan and transforms the existing space by folding out the horizontal and vertical planes of the first story to form the second story. The new roof form creates a large central area and houses a second-floor bedroom wing. Elevating and shifting parts of the structure are used to support the second story and stairways.

modern residence in California image © Bruce Damonte

The main living space is situated on the ground floor and offers expansive living spaces that extend into the landscape. Two existing bedrooms and office areas are reconfigured to become more transparent to the gardens. The second floor accommodates an extended family with two bedrooms, bathrooms, and sleeping porches.

Photovoltaic panels, solar water heating, and rain catchment systems are used to offset energy and water loads. Large overhangs provide sufficient shade during the warm months. 

Edgewood House in Palo Alto, California by Terry & Terry Architecture

modern house with garden

contemporary home with swimming pool

house terrace with stone tiles

kitchen and living room with open window to the garden

staircase with glass handrail

metal staircase near kitchen

kitchen island and sitting area

small living area with leather sofa

bedroom with terrace

steel structure detail

wooden terrace with slide window

terrace with nature view

modern villa with swimming pool

modern residence with illumination at night

first floor plan

second floor plan

architectural 3d section drawing

architectural 3d section drawing


About TTA

Terry & Terry Architecture focuses on its ability to combine innovative architectural theory and practice. The firm has explored design concepts that range from private alternative homes to urban design in collaboration with other design professionals. In an attempt to improve the built environment, it has engaged in investigations of several concepts in future infrastructures that integrate architecture and urban planning. The practice has been recognized with numerous regional and national awards. They have extensive, experience with building construction and fabrication that has enabled them to acquire first-hand knowledge of the relationship between concept, construction, and project realization.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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