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Marin County Residence by Dirk Denison Architects

By Sophie Johnson


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Dirk Denison Architects created this contemporary residence in 2004 for a client living in Marin County, California, USA.

It is composed of a series of individual buildings contained by a perimeter wall so that each part of the house is easily accessed and connected with its own outdoor space.

Marin County Residence by Dirk Denison Architects:

“This accessible house is designed on one level to provide a barrier-free environment and to capitalize on the potential for an internalized landscape. The plan is based upon an irregular grid, which informs all elements of its composition.

Each programmatic function is contained within an individual building to respond to its specific needs. This enables each space to form a distinct relationship with its own courtyard or garden.

The ceiling plane is fractured and folded along a diagonal pattern, exploring the interplay of light in unique ways.

These spatial volumes are bound together by an enclosing perimeter wall, which creates a single form out of a village of buildings and landscapes. The irregular pattern of openings in this simple wall hints at the home’s underlying geometry and expresses the various functions contained within.”

Photos by: Joshua McHugh

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As the senior editor for HomeDSGN, Sophie is the ultimate authority on all things home. With years of experience and a deep passion for home decor, she brings an unparalleled level of expertise to everything she does. From decorating and interior design or from cleaning to organization, her insights and guidance are invaluable to anyone looking to transform their living space. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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