Klopf Architecture, together with homeowner and designer Tanja DiGrande, worked on completing a modern addition to a traditional-style home in Orinda, California. “With its dark gray stuccoed walls, dark steel railing, and floor-to-ceiling windows, the exterior of the addition is at the same time an open, modern box as well as a receding volume that acts almost as a backdrop for the house, receding visually out of respect for the original home”, the architects explained. Especially built for entertaining, the addition is filled with natural light from the generously-sized windows and provides plenty of space for interacting with guests.

Highly modern, the overall design scheme of the extension is a tribute to functionality: “The idea was to depart from the original style completely to draw a distinction between the original house and any later additions, as well as observe a very minimal, clean, gallery-like modern style against which changing daylight, art, furniture, and of course the people provide the color and motion. Inside, the simple clean-lined spaces showcase the couple’s minimal, modern taste. The open bathroom epitomizes the clean, minimal style of the addition.” [Photography by Mariko Reed]