The Tiburon Guest House is a separate addition to the family home of Mr. and Mrs. Kohler located in the northern area of Tiburon, in the San Francisco area. The existing home is approximately 3,500 square feet, and two stories high, taking full advantage of north and west facing views of the beautiful San Francisco Bay.
The Kohler's wanted a guest house with an interior of no more than 750 square feet, but which could also serve as a suitable hospitality space for guests, entertaining, and indoor/outdoor recreation for their two small children. More specifically, the project was to include a main living room and recreation area, a half kitchen with a wet bar, a full bathroom with shower and/or tub, a guest bedroom, and an outdoor terraced area.
The outdoor space was also receive some attention. The Kohler's wanted a new pool, hot tub, and refreshed landscaping to complement the new guest house structure, and it's prime views of the San Francisco Bay.
Since architectural style was left to the designer, a concept was developed relating to the striking markings of the leopard shark, common to the Tiburon area of San Francisco, and probably the city's namesake (the Spanish meaning of tiburón is "shark"), as well as the rustic, earthy aesthetic of the surrounding geography. However, no amount of coastal luxury was spared from unique views, and etched out interior spaces, to the outdoor infinity pool and courtyard area.