The site is on a narrow winding Arroyo bottom road with dense vegetation and mature trees and the site splits the borders of Pasadena and San Marino.
Program & Scope
The owners wanted a house for 5 people and a design appropriate to the surrounding neighborhood and Pasadena. They also wanted Feng Shui principles to guide the design process.
The site is split in half between the City of Pasadena and the City of San Marino with neither City willing to defer authority to the other. This involved complying with different zoning requirements including design review approvals from both.
This design takes its forms from the Arts & Crafts movement and from the mid-century post & beam and slab wall structures to create a new Pasadena aesthetic we call “Pasadena Progressive”. A serene contemplative environment is the result.