San Jose New Residence

Designed for a neighborhood that had 1950s covenants against “flat top” houses, this warm modern super-efficient home was designed for indoor-outdoor living in a Passive House envelope. Although not completed and not certified as a Passive House project, the house was designed in detail to achieve that standard and demonstrate that a modern, glass-walled indoor-outdoor home in San Jose’s climate can achieve Passive House standard.

The house was designed around an existing mid-century pool and outdoor living area at the front of the house. The see-through main living space for the house acts like a pavilion roof, allowing the entire yard from the back fence to the front fence to feel like a spacious, open, indoor-outdoor living space. 

Klopf Architecture project team: Geoff Campen, John Klopf, Trenton Jewett, and Sherry Tan

Structural Engineer: ZFA

Energy / Passive House Consultant: Steve Mann

Landscape Architect: Third Nature Studio

Civil Engineer: Lea & Braze

Pre-Construction Contractor: Earthbound Homes

Renderings: ©2022 Klopf Architecture