Aperture House

A Swiss couple alongside their two college-aged sons approached our studio with a vision for a sleek, modern home that reacts sensitively to a challenging, sloped site with restrictive setbacks. After conducting a series of siting exercises, our team identified a delicately bowed layout that both screens close neighbors and orients spaces towards landscaped moments and distant mountain views. Inspired by the family’s European sensibilities and the language of Swiss architecture, precise, detailed Aperture House provides a forward-thinking response to a restrictive site and the family’s progressive design aesthetic.

A great room seamlessly spills into an outdoor living space and two bedrooms sit comfortably on the main level, leading to a private primary suite lifted a few steps above. A strategically placed garage embedded into the sloping hillside provides a platform for the main level, visually delineating stories. On the upper level, an office, media room, and multiple view decks perch playfully, introducing a dynamic sense of scale. Wooden screening elements adorning the main level filter light and add textural interest. The exterior façade strategically informs the placement of meditative apertures, thoughtfully focusing interior spaces around views. An ADU at the opposite end of a pool provides private guest accommodations for family members on extended stay from Europe and houses a home gym for the clients and their family.

LOCATION Los Altos Hills, California

Landscape Architecture: Ground Studio
Interior Design: Studio Collins Weir
Contractor: Behrens-Curry Homes
Lighting: Kim Cladas Lighting Design
Structural Engineer: ZFA Structural Engineers
Civil Engineers: Lea & Braze Engineering