stanley saitowitz glass pavilions design

Designing the Glass Pavilions

Rigorously modern, with sharp lines and a rectilinear profile, the Glass Pavilions stand out as an architectural showpiece on a tidy and otherwise traditional street. Enter the Glass Pavilions through a gridded lattice—part portico, part redoubled façade—which provides both shade and privacy while defining the structure’s presentation to the street. Catching the light in lively patterns, this lattice makes for an especially arresting display when illuminated at night.
The Glass Pavilions were designed as completely private living environments. Every window and the entire courtyard of each home is out of sight from the other residence. High walls and greenery offer near total seclusion from neighboring properties as well, while translucent glass in the façade creates street-side privacy for the front townhouse.
The L-shaped footprint of each townhouse embraces a large and versatile courtyard, meeting the house at a floor-to-ceiling 13 foot wall of glass. This expanse of glazing draws sunlight, softened by latticed brise-soleil, into the ground floor rooms. The glass panels easily slide away, merging the entire open floor plan—living room, dining room, and kitchen—with the courtyard. Numerous possible configurations of the glass walls afford distinct ways of enjoying the home, whether with guests, as a family, or in solitude.

The courtyards have been designed for comfort throughout the year. Concrete paving, a swimming pool running the patio’s length, large contemporary gas barbeque, and the aforementioned brise-soleil all moderate the temperature on warmer days. That same pavement and water feature radiate warmth into the evening air.
An open floor plan allows the kitchen and dining area to flow seamlessly into one another. Marble counters add a sumptuousness in keeping with the focus and restraint maintained throughout the residence. Refrigeration by Sub-Zero and a range and ovens by Wolf will satisfy the most demanding chef. Beyond the floor-to-ceiling glass, the marble counter continues, extending the kitchen outdoors to a high-output gas grill in the adjacent courtyard. Beneath the shelter of a brise-soleil, the outdoor dining table offers a further way to enjoy Sonoma’s hospitable climate.
With its austere Miesian style and southern and eastern exposure, the living room is a blank canvas for the play of natural light. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels on two sides allow one to experience this space in contact with the open air, unified with the courtyard and but a step away from the pool. The free-standing gas hearth can transform this room yet again, creating a sense of enclosure and warmth. Like a work of site-specific sculpture, the crisp contours of the staircase seemingly levitate in full view of the living room. Large-format black-and-white images by the acclaimed photographer Andy Katz and dramatic contemporary art accent the walls of each townhouse. Enjoy music through Sonos in all the living spaces.
With a half-bath downstairs for guests, the upstairs offers a completely private retreat. In all three bedrooms of each townhouse, sliding panels disappear into the walls to reveal floor-to-ceiling windows. Optimize both privacy and illumination with the dual system of screens and opaque window coverings. Air conditioning throughout the residences refreshes during warm spells in summer and fall, while heated floors provide a touch of comfort on the occasional brisk winter day.

A partition wall demarcates the primary bedroom from its en-suite bath. Covered with a mirror on the bathroom side, it supports a vanity with dual sinks. Standing directly beneath a skylight, the soaking tub in 212 is a serene presenceand each townhouse features a unique glass shower enclosure and water closet.

A second full bathroom with shower services the other two bedrooms. A stacked, full size washer-dryer is tucked away in a closet off the main hallway upstairs.