The Hillside House has won a Merit Award from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects.

As a part of the selection criterion, the jury said “Sustainability should be tightly woven into the program and seen as an integral part of the design-thought.” This is the first year that projects were required to include metrics for resource–efficiency and resilience – including performance submittals for Energy, Water, and Resource Efficiency.

The existing house had partial views of the spectacular landscape below, but lacked access to it. The new addition gently cascades down the hill, echoing the natural slope of the site, creating a new and unexpected micro-environment around it.