A house reborn and fully aligned with Joseph Esherick’s typical vision

Located near San Francisco, this mid-century home needed an update. Nearly fifty years after it was designed by famed Bay Area architect Joseph Esherick and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, the house had become something of a relic. Modern, muscular architecture concealed a floor plan that was no longer suited for a contemporary lifestyle—the original interiors were surprisingly traditional and divided into a rabbit warren of small-scale spaces.

The challenge for Richard Beard Architects and The Wiseman Group was to reconfigure the layout and edit the interiors while honoring the large-scale architectural elements that made the house significant. Key to the renovation was reorienting the living spaces to the large central atrium topped by a dramatic concrete-and-glass ceiling and opening the house to the surrounding landscape.

A mix of custom-designed furnishings and period pieces, as well as blue chip art now bathe the home in cool sophistication. Outside, the landscape and pool were restructured to better connect with the home’s interiors. The house, its interiors, and grounds, are now a harmonious expression that gives the home new relevance.

Architecture © Richard Beard Architects

Interior design © The Wiseman Group

Images © José Manuel Alorda

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