This contemporary style home’s inverted curved roof gives life to its spectacular great room

San Jose Contemporary II

Set amongst its neighbors of mostly one-story ranch homes, this contemporary single-story design blends into its context with its modest scale and understated front elevation. A skylight foyer leads past 2 bedrooms and into the home’s raison d’être, a spectacular great room with an inverted barrel vaulted ceiling and four-sided clerestory windows of frameless glass.

The arc of the ceiling creates a unique lens-shaped form that rests delicately on slender steel posts, drawing the eye over the boundaries of the property to views of the sky and trees, beyond the nondescript surrounding homes. Integrated roller shades provide sun and glare control when needed.

As the first of two projects, the 4BR/3BA house is intended for the Owner’s mother and sister, with the Owner’s new house to follow upon completion of this project.


  • Scope of Work: Demolish existing house. New 4BR/3BA single-family residence with a new living area of 2,499.1 s.f. and a new garage area of 455.5 s.f. on a 6,271 s.f. lot.
  • Project Year: 2019
  • Project Cost: $1,500,001 – $2,000,000
  • Location: San Jose, CA


Photography by Mark Pinkerton, VI360 Photography


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