Material Matters

A clear vision and a touch of alchemy are at play in this artfully modern classic that overlooks the Santa Cruz mountains and Silicon Valley. The design is intentionally hard to date, an at once timeless and contemporary study in materials and form that is both medieval and modern, well-tailored and glamorous. The minimalist palette of architectural materials—Minnesota limestone, plaster, bronzed steel and glass—crosses the threshold from outdoors to in and provides a clean-lined yet warm backdrop for the noteworthy furnishings and art. On the exterior, the lacy grid of glass and steel windows reveals the substantial yet airy feel of the architecture. A floating plane of steel on the roof caps the two story façade of Minnesota limestone. Inside, the design for the master bathtub started with a single block of white onyx, which was carved into an intricately faceted piece of working sculpture.