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Built to block street noise.

Garage is a buffer. Street-exposed windows are minimal

SINCE SOUND TRAVELS in a straight line, the best way to block noise is to place something solid between its source and the listener. Both the siting and design of this two-story house use that strategy to minimize the problem of noise from a busy street.

The house sits sideways on its lot in Menlo Park, California, with the garage as a streetside buffer. Because noise can sneak through any opening, architect Victor H. Lee limited street-exposed windows and doors as much as possible.

The main living area sits behind the garage and faces away from the noise. Its solid-core entry door has flanking glass block windows, which admit light but reflect sound. On the opposite side of the 22- by 34-foot room, a huge window wall opens onto a deck sheltered by the wings of the house. In one wing, the kitchen's window bay faces the deck, sharing the benefits of the protected space.

Upstairs, the master suite gains light and views from the window wall. The windows opening toward the street were kept small.
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Title Annotation:house design
Author:Whiteley, Peter O.
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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