Balancing modern design with more traditional architecture is often a challenge for designers. For architects at Baran Studio, their unique home in North Oakland, California, satisfies both demands. Their clients wanted a cozy family home that fit well into their neighborhood of traditional homes. Thanks to timeless lines and carefully selected materials, the home perfectly achieves that balance.
The home uses a mix of wood and metal to lend both warmth and modernity. The design is forward-thinking, yet still embodies some of the traditional cues of nearby homes. Elements like the pitched roof and hung windows make the connection to the neighborhood’s older homes.
Another way in which the home pays homage to its surroundings is its use of dark metal on the exterior, which is reminiscent of local industrial buildings. The metal is accented by horizontal wood cladding, adding a warmer residential feel. The roof acts like a skin, wrapping around the exterior. At the front of the home, it wraps around to frame the entrance, creating a modern porch that welcomes visitors.
Inside, spaces are light, bright, and airy, providing an inviting retreat for the family.