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Shear House

Analogous to a well-tailored garment, the design of this house rigorously integrated aesthetic, structural, and performative considerations. Like clothing, it modulates exposure of the body to the environment around it. Situated on a dense urban hillside, the adaptive remodel demanded privacy while preserving panoramic outlooks. The building’s envelope was reinvented as a tightly woven, partially operable skin that systematically loosens to gradually open its living spaces to the views beyond.

Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

General Contractor

Berkeley Structural Design

Structural Engineer

Matthew Millman