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Projects Franco House

Victoria Oskilko, Illya Rastvorov
San Francisco, USA
MONO Architects

Developing the Franco House project, we strove to combine ideas of technology and style. The customer, a successful startup owner from Silicon Valley, easily went along with challenging and out of the box ideas, which led to the creation of a modern and functional facility.

The first challenge for us was the location of the villa. Given that the construction was planned on a slope with 12 meters difference, it was necessary to create a convenient entry to the territory for residents. Structurally, the house consists of three tiers: the upper one, with a garage for 4 cars, the middle one with the entry, and the lower one, with a lounge area on the roof.

The villa was designed taking into account all the specifics of the surrounding area. The building is inscribed in the landscape in such a way that it preserves the trees growing here, and in order to be energy efficient, solar panels were installed on the roof of the garage. In addition, thanks to the tiered construction, the building does not prevent residents of neighboring villas from enjoying stunning views of the bay.

The simple geometry of the facade ideally fits into the unusual arrangement of tiers, and the use of modern materials made the building visually light and still solid and massive. There is a lot of space inside the villa: four bedrooms, a living room, a personal office, a wine room, a kitchen-dining room, a gym and a cinema. On the middle tier there is a swimming pool and a viewing terrace, and on the lower tier there is a relaxation area for a barbecue or an open-air party.

Due to glass facade the sun freely penetrates into the room providing a lot of natural light throughout the day. Ergonomic and functional interior complements the general idea: everything you need without any frills. Using soft colors and preserving the maximum free space, the designers created an ideal place for relaxation, “a get away” from daily routine.

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