This new 8,000 square foot private residence located adjacent to San Francisco Bay on Belvedere Island captures the essence of traditional old world Italian living. The clients, a husband and wife, wanted a peaceful retreat where they could gather with family and friends to enjoy the best that California has to offer.
Melander Architects collaborated with the interior design firm The Wiseman Group and Laurie Gold to create a rich design employing simple forms, traditional materials, and abundant natural light. Hand-troweled stucco, imported terracotta roof tiles, and natural walnut cabinetry are left to age in their Mediterranean climate. The building’s mass and orientation are designed to take advantage of the spectacular seaside views and to create a sense of privacy and outdoor living.