Jeff Svitak builds Redwood House with private studio for himself
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Redwood House by Jeff Svitak

Jeff Svitak builds blackened Redwood House with private studio for himself in Southern California

American architect Jeff Svitak has designed a house for himself nestled into a hillside in San Diego, complete with various outdoor spaces and an office for his practice.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak

Spanning three storeys and clad in blackened wood, Redwood House has a varied construction comprising cuboid volumes and outdoor walkways.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak

The house measures 2,000 square feet (186 square metres) and is positioned near a canyon that runs through San Diego.

"The canyon created an essence for the house to work around and integrate with," said Svitak.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak
Photograph by Tomoko Matsubayashi

The rear of the house overlooks a wooded ravine, while its street-facing facade remains more private. The house is accessed by a floating steel bridge and a sliding cedar front door.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak
Photograph by Tomoko Matsubayashi

Upon entering are a foyer, powder room and staircase. To the left is a galley kitchen, and on the other is a sitting and dining room.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak
Photograph by Tomoko Matsubayashi

The living area is cantilevered with a cornered section lined in glass, which creates an indoor-outdoor room suitable for Southern California's warm climate.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak

These two areas are separated by an internal courtyard, yet linked by the front foyer and a rear deck, therefore creating a circular route around the floor plan.

"Instead of a blunt massing object between the street and the canyon, the house is divided into separate massing elements, which allow the canyon to enter into the spaces of the house and studio through a slim courtyard element," said Svitak.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak
Photograph by Tomoko Matsubayashi

Upstairs are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The second, larger room has an outdoor patio and overlooks a green roof.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak
Photograph by Tomoko Matsubayashi

In the basement is the owner's architecture studio, which comprises a meeting room, work area, bathroom, private back terrace, and entry courtyard.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak
Photograph by Tomoko Matsubayashi

"The architectural footprint, while small, is vertically integrated to offer a wide array of living opportunities by complex yet refined geometry and spatial layouts," Svitak said.

Redwood House by Jeff Svitak

Architects often design combined homes and studios for themselves. Others that have recently completed this type of project include Moss in Chicago and Another Studio in Bulgaria.

Photography is by Onnis Luque unless stated otherwise.

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