Lambert Residence

Lambert Residence

Lambert Residence – Mountain View, CA

Design program

Create a ‘new ‘ home, combining the original 1,020 sf, 2 bedroom, 1 bath residence built after WWII with a new wing @ 843 sf comprising the new dining room, office, and bedroom suite. Stylistically, the new wing, to the rear, is modern in form and spaciousness while the original residence remains 1950 in form but is totally renewed inside with complementary elements outside tying the exterior to the new modern wing.

 

A core design element is celebrating a magnificent Japanese Maple and its companion Mulberry tree. The new wing extends directly within the canopy and then steps around both trees to put you in their nature.

While considering the outdoors, we are also attempting to recapture the front yard by creating a court, a patio that can be occupied as much as it is just passed through.

In suburbia, planning departments through zoning effectively curtail front yard living with devices like building setbacks and max 3’ high fences. While understanding the desire at the time to sub-urbanize – a monoculture of bland unused front yards has been created.

Photography: Indivar Sivanathan

Keller Residence

Keller Residence

Keller Residence

location: Soquel, Ca
built: 2006
area: 800 sf
Designed to maximize the small buildable area and frame key views out into the landscape. Initially conceived as the first stage of a larger project, it sits easily within the forest surrounding it.

C& W Residence

C& W Residence

C& W Residence

location: Cupertino, Ca
design: 2006-07, 2010-2011
area: 4100 sf

This project responds to the changing needs of the client, the city, and the site. Located in a aging suburban neighborhood a thoughtful design strategy creates a home that is both sensitive to neighbors and large and spacious inside. It is also environmentally conscious, using a well-designed solar orientation and natural ventilation to lower energy costs simply and effectively.

phone: 831 469 0837 | email: twk@thambyk.sg-host.com | address 1555 Laurel Glen Rd / Soquel / CA 95073

Heeschen Residence

Heeschen Residence

Heeschen Residence

location: Campbell, Ca
design: 2007-2009
area: 2247 sf

The client, quite specifically, wanted to transform an early ‘50’s ranch into a passive solar, highly insulated, super energy efficient green home. Features include fly ash concrete, FSC framing, reclaimed and recycled redwood siding with rainscreen, Serious Windows, minisplit hvac, on-demand water heating, provisions for solar thermal & solar photovoltaic, and rainwater collection. To accomplish the passive solar, the design re-oriented the ridge line and vaulted the ceilings in the main living areas. Overall the design is a thoroughly sensible package.

 

 

Photography: Indivar Sivanathan

phone: 831 469 0837 | email: twk@thambyk.sg-host.com | address 1555 Laurel Glen Rd / Soquel / CA 95073

Sea Ranch Chapel

Sea Ranch Chapel

Sea Ranch Chapel

location: Sea Ranch, Ca
built: 1985
area: 350 sf
A public building designed by artisan and sculptor James Hubbell and built by Thamby Kumaran with a group of other highly talented craftsmen. Sea Ranch embodies a dedication to craft, sculptural form, and dynamic public interaction.