Tiburon Bay View - Outside view and garden ©Laure Joliet

The Tiburon Bay View Residence

Distant Sounds Of San Francisco Bay

Nestled on an east-facing bluff of the Tiburon Peninsula, the two-story Tiburon Bay View residence provides sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay while acting as a natural buffer from the road and neighbouring houses.

The home’s material palette of Aegean limestone, western red cedar, zinc, and board-formed concrete makes it feel one with its surroundings. This highlights Walker Warner Architects’ careful consideration of materials.

In response to the steep slope, the low-slung architecture is terraced into the hillside to create fluid indoor-outdoor connections. Inspired by the client’s appreciation for art and nature, the residence incorporates bold architectural moves and adds elements of surprise through unexpected spaces.

The Tiburon Bay View residence sits in Marin County, California. It is a classic and inspiring abode that embodies the contemporary through its clean lines and modern designs. NICOLEHOLLIS thoughtfully curated the interior while SCDA and Strata Landscape Architecture took control of the outside.

The architects crafted the secluded home to accommodate visiting friends and a multi-generational family environment. They created a harmonious balance between private spaces to relax and retreat and public spaces for entertaining and communal activities.

Walker Warner Architects utilized the entire site to develop the feeling of a compound rather than a stand-alone building. The firm implemented ‘horizontal’ architecture that integrated into the terraced landscape to maximize the property’s natural beauty and foliage.

Deep overhangs further minimized the structure’s height and helped elongate its horizontal shape. Asymmetrical window and door arrangements highlighted the modern aspects of the residence and provided a rhythm underneath the unifying roof.

Although the property sits on a steep slope, the architects were able to create a gracious entry, as well as fluid indoor to outdoor connections from all main living spaces. The main entrance sits a half-level below the upper and is complete with broad stairs, a sunken garden and a compelling red door to draw guests into the entryway.

Now the upper level includes an auto court and family entrance, while all living spaces expand the bottom floor and flow out to the pool and lawn. The various areas also include a family room, a sitting room in the guest wing, living and dining rooms for formal entertaining, and a great room for casual family entertaining.

Tiburon Bay View Project team:

Architecture | Walker Warner Architects
Interior Design |
Landscape Architecture | SCDA and Strata Landscape Architecture
Construction | Van Acker Construction
Lighting Design | Eric Johnson Associates