2013 Awards

Design: Residential, Single Family Home

Merit Award

Oakland Hills Residence
Oakland, CA
Thiulot Associates
Lead Designer: Stefan Thuilot
Client: Erick and Helene Jepson

A corten-steel lined pathway with Berkeley Sedge, Golden Japanese Forest Grass, and Coral Bells embrace the wooden structure of the residence
Overview of garden and its interaction with the residence’s cantilevering wooden structure. Phormium tenax “Cream Delight” in the foreground.
Custom designed Chinese clay “donut” with Dasyrilion.
Transition from linear walking path to balcony and lush backyard garden. New Himalayan Birch adds color and elegance to the garden.
The sloped decomposed granite path terminates in a seating ring made of a corten steel base and concrete coping.
Concrete steps, accentuated with Mondo Grass and lined by Hopseed Bush
Seating ring, made of corten steel and high strength colored concrete, with gas fire pit.
View of the lush garden from the residence’s first floor.
Site Plan

When an architectural icon fell victim to the Oakland Hills 1991 fire storm, its rebirth presented the unique opportunity to create an enchanting woodland retreat for the client’s young family. Topography, structure, and spontaneous moments along an engaging pathway give a voice to a once-neglected 1/4-acre site, gently sculpting the land, discovering magical moments in the garden.