Set in Fair Oaks — a quiet community near Sacramento, this modern 2,200 square-foot architectural designed by Sage Architecture, challenges the very notion of modern residential living in the suburbs. Clean lines. Gallery walls. Innovative and efficient use of space. The playful sculptural exterior and warm interior were designed for clients who wanted a space to put their art collection on full display. Featuring light-filled windows throughout and a wide-open floorplan, it is little wonder why they named it the “Gallery House” or why it earned an AIA Design Award in 2004.

The architects at Sage designed the home’s basic form — a gable — to be split and then slid apart to create the central spine of the home. Inside, the spine serves as the art gallery, and is the divider between public and private spaces. The floorplan was carefully configured in order to maximize square footage and increase space efficiency. For example, says Sage, they eliminated “the typical hallway which ‘eats up’ square footage.”

The gallery is not only the main circulation route, but it also becomes flex space where the dining and living areas can expand to accommodate larger gatherings.

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Sage even sought to orient the house to capture northern light — to give greater focus to the artwork. Too, each material and finish was thoughtfully selected to keep the artwork front and center. In fact, the house is the art. Visitors are greeted by bold blue and yellow plastered walls juxtaposed to corrugated metal roofing and siding, and steel trellis elements. Once inside, “the role of the architecture recedes,” says Sage, and the palette — from natural materials like concrete and wood flooring and subtle tones in tile and granite — becomes the backdrop from which to view the art without visual distraction. Warmth permeates the entire house, through its three bedrooms and three baths.

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Privacy was also greatly considered, and thankfully the house is situated on a secluded lot. Consideration was also given to the environment, so drought-tolerant landscaping was incorporated into the design.

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The spacious backyard offers plenty of opportunity for hosting family and friends. There is also a large two-car garage with a one-bedroom, one-bath cottage onsite for guests.

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Offered for only $699,500 and listed by Greg Larson of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Roseville-Granite Bay, the Gallery House is a rare work of art in Fair Oaks.