Creekside Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: A Modern House with A Series of Clean, Simple Volumes

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It is a modern house designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 2005 and completed in 2007. Creekside Residence is located in Northern California, CA, the United States, built to incorporate the outdoors with the indoors and take full advantage of its natural surroundings. With 13,500 SF in size, this house not only has a bright, warm quality but also a series of clean, simple volumes.


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The bright, warm quality of this house is the result of material expression and careful siting. The house architecture can highlight the interplay between intimate details and dramatic scales. In a meadow, the glass pavilion site loosely placed while the articulated wooden rooms reminiscent of the property’s agrarian nature. This house is bound by two steep-banked creeks and located on a secluded, wooded site.



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The associated buildings and the house sit in a meadow of native wildflowers, anchored by a legend oak growing out of the creek bank, and also surrounded by aromatic bay laurels, Douglas fir, and exceptional specimen redwood trees. There is a roof place that floats over the elements of the building and draws everyone’s eyes to the beautiful landscape. This house has a subtle presence within the forest.



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This house has a series of clean, simple volumes, designed for a couple with a strong interest in modern design. The central space of this house is an open, airy pavilion that displays a significant collection of vintage furniture and modern art, and also opens onto the natural landscape. The tall glass walls and pivoting glass doors of this pavilion are capped by a 12-foot-deep roof overhang to give the house space a dramatic scale.

The main space of this house intersects with a library to the west and also a kitchen to the east. More private functions of the house can be found in a series of smaller, more intimate rooms, extend from the pavilion along the edge of the frosted creek.

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The materials of this house are complementary to their natural surroundings. The main pavilion is supported by slender stainless steel columns while the cedar siding is used as a cladding material. In the bedrooms, kitchen, and library, the steel sash windows break down the larger volumes’ scale.

The creation of many small details is similar attention that given to the intimate scales of the residence, for example, the custom-designed door handles formed to the user’s hand, a custom Japanese-style soaking tub, and also a sink hollowed from a single block of stone.


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Photographer: Nic Lehoux