Site size: 20 acres Project size: 4,986 square feet Program: A new residence on a working vineyard takes advantage of a magnificent country site and allows the owners to have greater involvement in the winemaking process. Location: A gently sloping knoll surrounded by 20 acres of vineyards for pinot noir grapes. Solution: The architects designed the rectilinear house with a double-height living-dining area overlooked by the family room on the mezzanine-like second level. A relatively opaque and private entry courtyard on the north side contrasts with the fully glazed south side, which includes large sliding doors that open onto a
In Northern California, William McDonough + Partners designs an energy-neutral residence rooted strongly in its surroundings For sustainability guru William A. McDonough, FAIA, buildings aren't vampires sucking up natural resources, but regenerative systems that should improve the environment. “The idea of 'getting to zero' for water or energy use is ridiculous. Is that the best we can do?” he says. This ethos, the guiding principle of his design career, is clearly embodied by the Meadow Farm House, completed in 2013 for a family whose values align closely with his own. The building site, a secluded three-acre perch in northern California,
An inventive new library, in a park with a greenmarket, aims to be a beacon for a challenged community. The Pico Branch Library, a recent work by Koning Eizenberg (KE), is the first new public library branch in Santa Monica, California, in nearly 60 years.
HOK's Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) launches the automobile-centric Southern California city into a new age of public transporation. When the City of Anaheim launched a design competition in 2009 for a new transit hub, city leaders wanted an iconic structure.
Site size: 60,711 square feet Project size: 5,431 square feet Program: A family house is integrated into the mountain landscape to offer optimal privacy and tranquility. Location: The base of the Northstar California Resort near Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Solution: The house is conceived in plan as three elongated bars. The largest encompasses the living, dining and kitchen areas, as well as sleeping quarters. A narrow bar of space for services separates the main portion of the house from the third bar'a garage on the northwest side. An insulated concrete wall divides these spaces longitudinally and situates