East Bay artist opens Roll-Up House for tour
07 August 2013
Ph: Liz Rusby
Maryly Snow's Roll-Up House in the Oakland Hills is part of this year's East Bay Home Tours. Nicknamed for its indoor-outdoor design, the Roll-Up House uses garage-style doors as movable walls. Snow, a local Oakland artist, was formerly Director of the Visual Resources Library, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley from 1976 to 2006. Her academic background gave her a deeper understanding of architecture, and influenced her decision to work with Karl Wanaseljia (of Leger-Wanaselja Architecture), who designed the residence in 1996, when she decided to giive the property a facelift, upon her purchase in 2012.
The homes in this year's East Bay Home Tours illustrate the role that the architect plays in creating an underlying order that transcends style. Each year, Sidney Sweeney, executive director of AIA East Bay, along with a panel of architects, selects the homes to appear on the tour. Their goal: to find a unique and diverse selection of houses with universal appeal. The homes chosen for this year's tour – two in Berkeley, two in Oakland and two in Lafayette – exemplify how architects deftly handle the East Bay's varied topography.