With a portfolio that spans commercial, residential and small projects, Terry & Terry Architecture features their latest work with the "Skyline House" -- situated on top of the Eastbay mountain range overlooking the city of Oakland, California.

Designed for a young family that coveted an open plan home to embrace the views toward the Southwest Bay and Golden Gate, as well as to create a connection to the existing garden -- the home's design consisted of shrouding the open common space in a wood tube that connects the garden in the front.

Although exposed to extreme weather and wide temperature swings due to its location about 1,800 feet above sea level, the home is protected with large redwood trees at its sides, and the roof of the tube form is warped out to create a large ventilation volume for the main living space, while it connects to two contrasting outdoor spaces.

The design also transformed the kitchen area to open seamlessly to the front yard garden and formed an outdoor dining area. Opposite of the remodeled kitchen is the interior dining space that now connects to the viewing deck to create one large open area, and extending the roof structure as a trellis to provide protection from the sun.

Finally, a new stair had been added to join the main floor with the lower ground, as it continues the wood tube through a crevasse to a media and projection room, bedroom and office area.

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