The building’s exposed steel structure is a design element
that gets echoed throughout. A showy blackened steel and
wood staircase on the south wall of the living room leads
upstairs to two guest rooms and an informal open-plan area.
There, custom steel furnishings selected by architect Lise
de Vito, a principal in the firm (and Zack’s wife), include
Donald Judd–esque steel shelving and desks where the
owners can both work from home.
Oddly, given what the owners do for a living, except for
Nest cameras that monitor the exterior for fire danger, the
home has few technological gadgets hardwired to connect
them remotely to the building when they are away.
Zack is not surprised. “Mike and his wife plan to retire in
this house and use it for a long time,” he notes. “Like others
in the tech world, they know that technology is the first thing
that gets outdated.” n