Project DescriptionArchitect Jaya Kader Zebede’s newest project is proof that good things come in threes. For her first –ever contemporary home design, she successfully solved the puzzle of a pie-shaped lot with a trio of distinctive forms, each designed for different functions. It is the result of her trademark discipline of focusing on what the client desires and what the site demands. Efficiency and sustainability was important in this residence, with integration of cistern to collect rainwater, low-e glass for insulation, and allowing water to percolate down through the soil rather than rush out to storm drains.
This particular client is a couple with three children. Zebede designed the southernmost of the three volumes as the taller, with a family room at ground level and master bedroom above. Next to it, at the center of the trio, is a slightly smaller two- story structure with children bedrooms and balcony atop, and a living room, dining room and covered terrace below. A smaller one- story volume beside it houses all service functions, plus a kitchen, breakfast area and outdoor barbecue. It all fits together neatly on a challenging site. With only 32 feet of frontage to work with along the street.