Garage: 2 car
Interior Square footage: 3,649 sq ft.
Lot Size: 14,359 sq ft
Elem: KENTER CANYON Middle: PAUL REVERE High School: PALI HIGH
Transparent. The word can mean many things. Achieving transparency in a home requires a strict attendance to principals of beauty and flow. There is no room for error.
The creation of Acari House took 27 months to craft each detail. Architect Craig Burdick of Studio 1030 Architects worked with the owners to create the perfect vision of zen tranquility around an open central space that is the core of the structure.
The home sits at the apex of the 1/3 site. A long flowing driveway and surrounding bamboo provide privacy and the garage is turned into the side of the hill to preserve the impact of the first view of this dramatic home. The home is flanked by a 40 foot long water feature, reminiscent of the Mexican architect Luis Barragan, a favorite of the owners.
The home’s 40-foot lap pool serves as an aesthetic bridge uniting the interior and exterior of the home. Doors can slide open to reveal the connection with nature. The house can be completely opened inside/outside to have an intimate or large celebratory party.
The kitchen is manufactured by the Boffi of Italy with a 15-foot granite countertop. An eleven-foot “wing” over the cooking surface was custom created. All kitchen appliances are Miele and there is plenty of additional storage on both sides of the counter. The laundry also utilizes Miele washer/dryer under a granite cantilevered top. Radiant-heated concrete floors help keep things comfortable.
The staircase to the upper level begins with a stone step, always a design feature of Isamu Noguchi, world famous Japanese artist and architect. This stone is from one location in the world and called Minnesota peace pipe stone. The native Indians of the region made their peace pipes from this material. It is scarce today and the owners were fortunate to accrue it. It is the natural color and was cut and trimmed to fit the architect’s notion of a foot. The vertical wiring up the side of the stairs, reminiscent of the strings of a musical instrument, alleviates the need for handrails, helping stay true to the vision of transparency.
The east and west portions of the upstairs are connected by a bridge of 4by4's, with all grain running the same direction. The plugs that conceal the anchor bolts were numbered and put back in each respective board, another attention to detail that has been the hallmark of the owners who have managed some the largest interior furnishing projects around the country over their career.
The wood floor in the Master, as well as the second and third bedroom, the media room and library/office all feature a narrow 3" slat floor of rift and quarter cut white oak with a white pickled finish. Sliding shoji screens allow privacy without the disruption of massive swinging doors.
Over the garage, beyond the laundry room and third bathroom is an additional very private bedroom currently being utilized as an office. A glass door gives access to a private patio and views. Above the second bedroom is the tea house which can also be used as a sleeping area.
The patio, lower umbrella area and greenhouse are favorites for relaxation and conversation, creating intimate spaces to look both outward and inward back into the house itself. The owners describe it as a magical house, designed for providing the elements required by Man for proper shelter, a place to work, or relax, or meditate, or enjoy the company of others, to be healthy, cook, exercise, and enjoy nature. It is an ideal space, envisioned by the owners who drew inspiration from the great projects around the world, to let imagination and joy flourish.