Project Description

This Contemporary classic was created by renown architect Charles Gwathmey (1938-2009).  His firm is recognized for works such as the Guggenheim Museum addition in New York, so when he was contracted to design a house on Belvedere Island, the local design community was excited. Simmonds & Associates was selected to provide the landscape architectural design to complement the exquisite architecture.

Specimen olive trees in a raised planter frame the limestone entry from the street. One level down from the street, the entry to the house is set in a limestone courtyard, broken only by a single specimen water gum and framed at the end by a deciduous tupelo tree. Beyond the patio at each end, the various textures and colors of the planting connect the house with the landscape. Along the sides of the house, nature dominates, with lush plantings that complement the strength of the house.

The house sits almost at the edge of the cliff overlooking Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge. The limestone terrace and adjacent infinity-edged pool at the back of the house, framed by formal boxwood hedges were designed to take advantage of these breathtaking views.

Construction: Werner Schneider Construction, Dan Fix Landscaping

Ecological Attributes

  • permeable paving
  • appropriate plant selection
  • lawn reduction and lawn substitutes
  • planting to attract beneficial birds, butterflies and insects
  • long life lamps and fiber optics