Baran Studio Architecture, located in California, develops adaptive architectural solutions that bridge all aspects of a design problem. Their approach begins with the analysis of project components that range from environmental and use conditions to code constraints. They then look to varied disciplines that include architecture, interiors, landscape and construction as part of a comprehensive methodology. As a result, their designs respond in a wide-ranging, innovative and often unexpected manner, resulting in space and form that is creative and fresh while maintaining use and purpose. This process engenders an architecture that is of its time and simultaneously, timeless.
Baran Studio Architecture designed the Valley Street house on a traditional Berkeley street, sitting right by an old train line that can still be seen from above. Paying homage to the land’s previous use, the architecture hints at aspects of the rail line’s machine traits, while smoothly integrating into the surrounding neighborhood.
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Corrugated metal begins on the roof and wraps down one side of the house that faces the former railway.
The front of the house falls more in line with traditional house forms with its pitched roof line.
The open interior is wrapped in white walls, dark floors, and black accents, mimicking that of a large, open train station.
Lots of windows keep the inside filled with natural light.
One wall in the kitchen is covered with chalkboard paint adding a fun, creative element to the space, especially for kids.