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Mackota II House, Oakland, CA

The design of this house grew out of the challenges of the very steep, north-facing lot, and setback requirements from both the street and a creek to the side of the lot. The dug-in garages are oriented to minimize retaining wall heights, with the rest of the house oriented to the setbacks. Roof patios at the entry, dining room, and living room compensate for the steepness of the land, while dug-in courts to the east and south provide ground access from the dining room and upper bedrooms.

The 2,360 sq. ft. house is arranged in four vertical levels, all inter-connected with a central light shaft, large enough to contain the stairs and an elevator.

Construction is planned for the spring of 2010.


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