Vivek Shetty and Christina Floegel wanted unobstructed views overlooking the adjacent canyon at their Benedict Canyon, Calif., home. Architects at Kappe Studio in Topanga, Calif., delivered those views with a large south-facing glass façade on the 5,500-square-foot home.
“The home opens up with the glass, giving wonderful long views of the canyon,” says Finn Kappe, project designer. “The location of the house allows that glass wall without anyone being able to look inside.”
While the south-facing façade provided the best views, it also opened the home up to solar heat gain. The design features a 7-foot roof overhang to limit sun infiltration, Kappe says. “[The overhang] is a terrific solar characteristic, because it cuts almost all of the summer sun out, taking care of a large part of the heat gain you’d get during the year,” he says.
The façade features 1-inch insulating glass units with Solex glass and a low-emissivity coating to improve performance more. PPG Industries of Pittsburgh supplied the glass.
For the framing, Kappe designed a custom steel curtain wall system of horizontal members that attach directly to the primary steel structure of the home. “The frame offers very good sightlines,” he says.
Anvil Steel Inc. of Gardena, Calif., fabricated the frames, and Rheinzink of Cambridge, Mass., supplied the aluminum. Compton Glass Co. in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., served as the glazing contractor.