The site is located at the far northeast edge of the development and designed to complement the architectural detailing of the residence across the street by Braulio Casas. The site topography shift of approximately 4.5 feet sloping downward from front to back was viewed as an opportunity to play with sight lines through the central corridor of the residence.
The open plan unfolds off of a central corridor that runs the length of the structure and bridges the residence and the covered garage that also serves as an outdoor living space above. Porch spaces play a crucial role in the design, running almost the complete length of the residence on the front façade for all three floors, the length of the rear façade on the third floor, and offer an alternative to indoor dining on the ground floor. The octagonal tower serves to hold the street edge at the intersection, and responds to the square tower designed by Casas, forming a gateway to the cluster of properties beyond. Originally designed as open, in the final design the tower is enclosed on the third floor, serving as a sitting room extension of the master suite.
The residence is designed to comfortably accommodate eight, and provides living and family room spaces, a library, office space, and, on the ground floor, the tower is sized for a baby grand piano. The Italian residence name of “Coraggio Inten-sea-vo” translates to “Intense Courage.”