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Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners
Ridgeview Renovation, Michael Hennessey Architecture | International Design Awards Winners

Ridgeview Renovation

CompanyMichael Hennessey Architecture
Lead DesignersMichael Hennessey
Design TeamSally Gimbert, Jason Laudat, Claudia Merzario
Project LocationSebastopol, California, United States
CreditsPhotos by: Adam Rouse Photography
Prize(s)Bronze in Architecture Categories / Renovation
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Entry Description

We were asked to renovate a house overlooking an expansive valley. The existing house was too massive in relation to the hillside it occupied. We were tasked with framing the view in a meaningful way at the interior and to recompose the exterior to simplify the building form.

To minimize the massiveness, we eliminated the pitched roof, eliminated the tall bay window at the front elevation, and created a darker garage level to allow the upper two habitable levels to float above. The result was a more horizontal articulation of the building that was better suited to the hillside.