pool in the middle of the courtyard also mirrors the sky. In
this stylized Japan-inspired setting that “borrows” elements
of the landscape, a long rectangular gas fire pit next to the
larger pool adds a ceremonial finishing touch.
Part retreat and part home office, the house is also a showcase for the owner’s growing collection of modern furnishings, art photography and cars. The three-car garage, painted
black inside, is like a theater that can be viewed through a
large “proscenium” window cut into the wall of a corridor
that separates the garage from guest rooms.
“Even my Mini Cooper looks like a million dollars in that
garage,” the owner says with a chuckle.
Despite such deliberately jazzy features, the house does
settle into its wooded site comfortably, thanks to its material
and color palettes. Several corridors within the structure offer
long telescopic views through windows placed strategically at
the ends, and from his vantage point high above the center
of Ross, the owner can also toast the summer fog that quietly
floats past Mount Tamalpais and edges the valley below.
“This landscape is very powerful and calming at the same
time,” Yanai says. “We have just tried to honor it and frame
the view.” n