Cantilever House is located on a busy street in a highly desirable Morningside neighborhood on a challenging wedge-shaped 0.25-acre lot which is 86 feet wide at the front and narrows to just 43 feet in the rear. The goal of this speculative project was to design a modern house with a broad appeal, including an open and centralized space for family or entertaining, strong indoor-outdoor connections, and a flexible layout.
The design is organized around an L-shaped plan that revolves around a three-story circulation space, including the entry and floating stairs. The entryway leads to a generous L-shaped two-story great room, kitchen, and dining area that opens to the outdoors with a pool, a raised infinity edge spa, and a patio. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on three sides erase the boundary between indoors and out.
The connection to the outdoors continues upstairs in the primary suite. To take advantage of the rear view of Wildwood Park, the primary suite cantilevers toward the park, framing a perfect view of the park and sunrise. The 20-foot cantilever also creates ample covered space for entertaining below. The cantilever is repeated at the entry with a double cantilever. A quiet front façade with minimal openings and a restrained palette of materials of stucco, ipe, and fiber cement panels creates high drama with a floating glass box above the entry.