Mountain Wood is a project designed by Walker Warner Architects and is located in Woodside, California. The organizing concept for this project began as an exploration of separate buildings arranged to create a variety of complementary indoor and outdoor living experiences. Photography by Matthew Millman.
All buildings share a common language of strong asymmetrical lines with a shared material palette of stone, Western red cedar, glass, and steel, together under a zinc roof. The use of stone evokes rusticity; rooting portions of the structures to past homesteads, while the random patterned cedar planking and zinc roofing, recall the rural vernacular of the California hay barn. By inserting exposed steel and large expanses of glass, the home is given a contrasting, contemporary feel. The barn, positioned at the front of the property, serves as a symbolic entry, reinforcing the rural character of the surrounding context. An open passageway leading through the barn dramatically frames the entry facade of the main residence beyond. Upon entering the courtyard, loosely formed by three structures, the balance of space and material enliven the project as a whole.
The primary residence boasts two main living spaces—adjacent living-dining areas and a kitchen abutting a family room. A master suite, three bedrooms and a study make up the second floor. For the interiors, big, heavy furniture took a backseat to more transparent items so as not to take away from the architecture and exteriors. Yet they were careful to keep them comfortable to allow for the full experience of both the site and the company within it.
Walker Warner Architects project team
Principal: Greg Warner
Senior Project Manager: David Shutt
Architectural Staff: Michael Boes, Klara Kevane, Basak Cakici, Laurie Matthews, Sandrine Carmantrand
Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Interior Design: Shawback Design Associates
Landscape: Lutsko Associates
Builder: Chesler Construction