House of Horns is a residence in Los Altos, California which acts as an instrument to register the cycles of the day through six ‘horns’ or differently-oriented skylights and clerestories. Four of the horns comprise the main living space of the house, which provides an open context for an unconventional and more nomadic appropriation of domestic space.
The design of House of Horns confronts and enfolds an existing foundation (designed by a different architect) that was intended to be the foundation for an elaborate ‘Spanish style’ home. The new design aims to undermine the faux formalities of the previous design in favor of new forms of spatial coherence that absorb the idiosyncrasies of the existing foundation.
The house is expressed as a single-level with a series of light-wells carved into the landscape which allow light to reach public spaces below. Ultimately the building is intended to provide a myriad of atmospheres defined by the spectrum of natural light which characterizes the environment of the site.
TYPE:Residential › Private House