Orinda Residence by Butler Armsden Architects

Orinda Residence is a modern retreat redesigned in 2019 by Butler Armsden Architects located in Orinda, California.


When a couple approached Butler Armsden Architects with a vision for their recently purchased home in Orinda, the challenge lay in how to transform a late-70s building into the client’s vision for a modern nature retreat. Butler Armsden preserved the overall massing of the building, splitting the program into a main, public floor and a lower, more private floor, and worked to consolidate the clusters of windows on its facades into larger openings to frame the verdant surroundings. Inside, the central tension was between creating a home whose spaces could be both large, for hosting guests, and small, for cozier, more intimate gatherings. The home will serve as both an entertaining space and a peaceful retreat for many years to come.

Photography courtesy of Butler Armsden Architects

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- by Matt Watts

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