Mixing concrete planes with steel, stucco, ipe wood, and a glass circulation volume, the Drexel Residence thoughtfully responds to its street context and to the needs of an active young family. The house’s U-shaped massing emphasizes indoor-outdoor connections between the gathering spaces on the first floor that surround the swimming pool while also sheltering those spaces from the noise and views from the busy public street in front and future high-rise development to the rear.
When entering from the glass and wood front door into the double-height entry space, the house reveals itself slowly. A modest guest suite and private office flank one side of the foyer while the mud room leading from the garage and motor court flanks the other. Progressing further, the space drastically opens both horizontally and vertically with a double-height dining room and glass stair tower. The kitchen, dining, and living spaces all have unobstructed views to the pool and outdoor spaces via floor-to-ceiling glass panels, as does a music nook for a piano, drums and violin tucked, neatly tucked under the stair. The kitchen with built-in breakfast table is separated from the dining room by a custom glass and steel wine cabinet while the adjacent living room opens to the covered patio and outdoor kitchen. The upper floors include a family room with a yoga terrace, three secondary bedrooms with private baths, a master suite with a private balcony, and a third floor treetop terrace.
The house creates both private and social spaces for the family and guests while invoking meaningful nostalgia for the owners through material selections appropriate to time and climate. Interior materials include white-oak cabinets, quartz countertops, concrete floors in the living spaces, and wood floors in the bedroom spaces. The concrete planes visible on the exterior also penetrate to the interior to contribute to the blending of interior and exterior space.