In Atherton, California, San Francisco architecture studio Feldman Architecture insert two identical pavilions on the grounds of a client’s existing property, serving as accessory structures with specific purposes: one as an outdoor kitchen and dining area, and the other a meditation room and home gym.
Alaskan yellow cedar, chosen for its natural weathering properties, was chosen for the façades. The visually-striking wood slat screens featured on both volumes are used to create unique living atmospheres and experiences: thrown open in the dining pavilion to evoke a sense of conviviality, and slid closed for privacy in the meditation area. Outdoor terraces extend the spaces further into the outdoors.
Surrounded by soothing elements — the landscaped garden, an organic-shaped swimming pool and a pond — the Atherton Pavilions are charming additions to the existing home, their presence encouraging its dwellers to be out in nature.