Atherton Pavilions, San Mateo County, Californian Real Estate, CA Home Addition, USA Architecture Photos

Atherton Pavilions in California

Sep 24, 2021

Design: Feldman Architecture

Location: Atherton, California, USA

Atherton Pavilions San Mateo California

Atherton Pavilions, San Mateo California

The Atherton Pavilions: two accessory structures rich in detail and imagined by the owners to be of the landscape. Both of identical footprint, height, and materials, these jewel boxes have two distinct functions. One is to be used as an outdoor kitchen/dining space and the other as a meditation or workout room.

Atherton Pavilions San Mateo California

After searching extensively for their perfect home, the homeowners fell in love with a contemporary house on a flag lot in Atherton, continuously adding to the property over the years. A small garage expansion and a top floor addition provided additional space for their growing family, but the clients had yet to realize the full potential of their lush and private backyard.

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The pavilions are delicately placed amidst the existing landscape of redwoods and other mature trees- the clients desired the boxes to be transparent and discrete to blend in with the surrounding softscape. Our team collaborated closely with the landscape consultant to soften the transition between garden and pavilion.

Atherton Pavilions San Mateo California

Atherton Pavilions San Mateo California by Faulkner Architects

Landscaping interventions unify the two pavilions with a new water feature and decks that float off the accessory structures. Next to the organically shaped pool, the kitchen pavilion acts as an extension of the pool and outdoor lounge area. An outdoor kitchen with a brick oven, Santa Maria grill, and extensive storage compliment the new dining space. The second pavilion sits further back on the lot, meant to be a retreat space for yoga, exercise, and meditation.

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Lifting the pavilion’s concrete foundations at the front and rear of each pavilion creates an edge- giving the illusion that the structures are floating over the lush landscaping below. At either end of each pavilion, concrete returns back to the site, tying the structures back to the earth.

Atherton Pavilions San Mateo by Faulkner Architects

Atherton Pavilions San Mateo California

The pavilions’ facades are wrapped in naturally weathering Alaskan Yellow Cedar that shroud each end of both structures while screens help form trellises on the front and back. The wood screens serve each pavilion in contrasting ways- introducing privacy into the exercise and meditation pavilion, and a feeling of openness in the kitchen pavilion. The owners encouraged a soft wood palette, with the intent that the materials would weather and age, further easing the relatively new objects into their verdant surroundings.

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Atherton Pavilions in California, USA – Building Information

Design: Feldman Architecture

Completion date: 2020

Project Team
Contractor: Design Line Construction
Landscape Design: Thuilot Associates
Structural Engineer: Daedalus Structural Engineering
Civil Engineer: Lea & Braze Engineering
Geotechnical Engineer: Romig Engineers Inc
Photography: Adam Rouse

Atherton Pavilions San Mateo California

Photographer: Adam Rouse

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