Normandy Cottage Rebuild

This new home in Oakland, CA was designed for a client that didn’t want one. She was thrust into the world of custom home design and reconstruction by the fire that swept through the Oakland Hills in 1991, burning down not just her house, but her entire neighborhood. The only thing that remained standing on her property was her chimney, like a tombstone marking the loss. Healing and personal memory were an important part of the design process, which allowed us to reinterpret rather than replicate the house.

Photography by Alan Geller and by Charles Miller
Designed in collaboration with Cass Calder Smith
Built in collaboration with Randy Keller, Northbay Construction