The Ceiling In This Modern House Echoes The Shape Of The Hillside It Sits On

Terry & Terry Architecture designed this two-level modern family home in Oakland, California, that opens up to reveal spectacular uninterrupted views San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Photography by Bruce Damonte

 

Terry & Terry Architecture designed this two-level family home in Oakland, California, that opens up to reveal spectacular uninterrupted views San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Located high on a mountain range, the original house was re-built after it was destroyed during a fire storm. The updated house features a wood tube that connects the garden with the main entrance of the home, and continues through to the living areas.

 

A large blue front door acts as the main entrance, however the kitchen has a large sliding glass door that opens to the small garden area and allows for outdoor dining, with a concrete planter and bench defining the dining area.

This modern house features a wood tube that connects the garden with the main entrance of the home and continues into the living areas. A large blue front door acts as the main entrance, however the kitchen has a large sliding glass door that opens to the small garden area and allows for outdoor dining, with a concrete planter and bench defining the dining area.

Photography by Bruce Damonte

Inside, an unexpected feature of the interior is the wood ceiling that has curves that echo the contours of the hillside that the house sits on. The main floor which is home to the kitchen, dining room and living room, opens up to a balcony with glass railings.


Inside this modern house, an unexpected feature of the interior is the wood ceiling that has curves that echo the contours of the hillside that the house sits on. The main floor which is home to the kitchen, dining room and living room, opens up to a balcony with glass railings.

Photography by Bruce Damonte

Here’s another look at the wood ceiling from the kitchen. The long sections of wood help to elongate the interior and draw your eye to the balcony and view.


This modern home has a curved wood ceiling, The long sections of wood help to elongate the interior and draw your eye to the balcony and view.

Photography by Bruce Damonte

The ceiling continues through to the living room, that features a hanging fireplace. From this angle, you can see that the sliding glass doors pocket into the wall with the tv.


The wood ceiling in this modern living room with a hanging fireplace, mimics the shape of the hill the home sits on.

Photography by Bruce Damonte

Also on this floor are two bedrooms and bathrooms. Here’s a look at one of the bathrooms, with the bath perfectly positioned to take advantage of the views.


This modern bathroom with a large mirror features a built-in bath perfectly positioned to take advantage of the views.

Photography by Bruce Damonte

Just off the living room is a new staircase that’s surrounded by the same wood at the front of the house.


In this modern house, the wood from the exterior of the home continues through to the staircase that leads to the lower level of the home.

Photography by Bruce Damonte

On the lower level of the home, there’s a bedroom, bathroom, media / projection room and an office.


This modern living room features wood ceilings and floors as well as custom wood cabinets. A simple wood tree wallpaper creates a feature wall.

Photography by Bruce Damonte

If you’re interested, here’s a look at the cross section of the house and the floor plans of both the main level and the lower level.


This is the cross section and floor plans of a modern two-level family house that sits on a hill in California.

Architects – Ivan Terry, Alex Terry AIA |  Associate Architect: Naomi Hansen

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