Overlooking a public beach on Kauai's south shore, this private family home employs oversized sliding doors, a custom rainscreen, and layered plantings to provide privacy when desired. Lighting enhances the home’s material palette of coral-colored concrete, peeled ohia logs, and dark tile that mimics nearby lava flows. Inside, the home's modest but thoughtful footprint welcomes family members and guests in a mix of comfortable private spaces and grander gathering spaces that open out to the warm ocean breezes.
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This private family home sits on a hilltop in Saratoga with views over the south bay. Three generations of the family make their home here, with spaces for all and for entertaining guests, as well. Indoor spaces include living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, wine room, and home theater. Outdoor spaces feature terraces with cooking and entertaining areas aside a pool.
This remodel of an existing 1936 house on the crown of Telegraph Hill boasts dramatic views towards the San Francisco Bay. Lighting was designed to integrate with and enhance the beautiful finishes and materials. Viewing platforms take advantage of city and water panoramas; lighting in the landscape was designed to enhance these views while remaining unobtrusive.
2016 IESNA Illumination Award of Merit
A series of interconnected pavilions make up this striking modern residence overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate. Balancing indoor and out and light with shadow, lighting is used to enhance architecture and views outward without calling attention to itself. State of the art fuel cell and solar panel technology is used along with other energy and resource-saving methods like passive cooling and greywater reclamation.
Originally designed by noted San Francisco architect Joseph Esherick in the 1960s, this house has been sensitively adapted for use by a young family. Furnishings and lighting both blend classic modern elements with up-to-date technology. A strong connection between indoors and out takes advantage of the bucolic setting.
This wine country house is designed to take full advantage of its impressive site, as well as the magnificent views beyond towards rolling, oak-covered hills. Extra low-profile glazed windows and doors break down the barrier to the outside. Large, angled light-monitors filter additional light into the interior, creating a diffuse glow throughout.
The material palette was carefully chosen for minimal maintenance and graceful aging. It blends with the surrounding landscape and relies more on variation in finish and texture than on a range of different material choices. The Cor-ten paneled exterior cladding breaks down into a Cor-ten screen that runs along the landscaped entry and creates dappled shadows, mimicking those of the nearby oaks. Polished concrete entry walls flow into stairs and floors of concrete through the house and give way to a retaining wall of corduroy patterned board-formed concrete in the private bath and garden beyond.
This hillside home, boasting a commanding outlook over Los Angeles, houses a spectacular contemporary art collection that rivals the view. Lighting was designed to enhance both the art and the dramatic setting. The lighting is integrated with the architecture and the landscape design and is designed to be flexible to accommodate changes to the art collection over time.
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This private family home sits on a wooded estate in Hillsborough, south of San Francisco. A new addition and guest house were added to an existing, classicly-inspired home. New elements were designed with a modern vocabulary while striving to harmonize with the existing architecture. Outdoor spaces include a large pool terrace and lawn that are overlooked by the guest house along one side.
Commandingly sited atop the highest floors of the five-star St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, this rare two-story penthouse boasts 360-degree views of the city. One of the world's most extraordinary residences, it showcases the ultimate in bespoke architectural design, innovative infrastructure and perfectly integrated architectural lighting features. The seamless design strategy, a driving factor for the architecture, also drove many lighting design decisions. Due to the nature of the project, budget wasn't a concern, but the use of highly efficient sources throughout to achieve elegant yet sustainable results was a client requirement, implemented by the design team.
2013 GE Edison Residential Award
This seaside complex incorporating a main house and smaller guest houses sits on the Kona coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Lighting was designed to bring out the warmth of the wood and stone finishes and accentuate the beachside setting.
This apartment in a modern tower atop Nob Hill serves as a pied-à-terre for a family of art collectors. Lighting was designed to unobtrusively work with the art and had to be flexible to accommodate changes in the collection over time.
This traditional Pacific Heights private home has clean, modern interiors and a striking collection of contemporary art. Integrated architectural lighting was designed to enhance the art collection as it evolved over time.
An existing stone barn was converted into a private home on a hilltop overlooking Sonoma Valley. Lighting was designed to complement the warmth of the existing stone structure with contemporary choices in finishes and furnishings.
Location: Sonoma, California
Architect: De Meza Architecture + Interiors
Photography: Jody Pritchard, Simon Peck
2009 IESNA Section Illumination Award of Merit
This major remodel of an existing home in Marin County boasts extensive integrated architectural lighting. The lighting system was designed to accentuate the many connections between indoors and outdoors including pool deck, terraces, and rooms open to the surrounding landscape.
This hilltop house for a modern art collector overlooks San Francisco Bay. Lighting was designed to spotlight the art while being flexible to accommodate changes in the collection over time. Forming strong connections between indoors and the surrounding landscape was an important consideration, as well.
Near SFMoMA, this penthouse offers space for entertaining and acts as a blank canvas allowing for the owner's artistic evolution. The seamless integration of lighting with architecture provides layers of light for general activities and the ability to adapt to the ever-changing modern art collection. Blurring traditional roles, we developed and detailed custom recessed metal slots and boxes to house lengths of busway and, in some cases, indirect up lighting, creating custom recessed luminaries tailored to the architectural design. Lighting becomes art with fiber optic tentacles in the guest bath and glass spheres dividing the living and dining areas.
This hilltop home overlooking Napa Valley boasts custom, integrated architectural lighting throughout. Outdoor areas for living and entertaining take advantage of fine views and weather.
This contemporary, Georgian-stye house sits on a large lot in bucolic Atherton. Light fixtures were chosen to work with traditional room settings and furnishings. Gardens and the pool area have discreet lighting that blends into background.
Location: Atherton, California
Architect: David Buergler
Photography: Jody Pritchard, Lisa Kramer
This yacht, one of the world's largest at 138m (450 ft), was custom built over several years in Bremen, Germany. Lighting fixtures were custom designed throughout to endure the humid and salty sea-air environment while keeping with the elegant, refined design scheme.
Location: Bremen, Germany
Architect: Jon Bannenberg
Interiors: Seccombe Design