Unique and lasting homes are always carefully tailored for their location. The design bylaws of one particular community favor architectures that reinforce the town’s agrarian traditions, so we naturally featured rural characteristics in the structures. As we worked through ideas, prominent materials began to acquire narrative responsibilities. Stone told the story of old world traditions, cedar clad walls represented the charms of California farm structures while exposed steel and large glass walls brought the concept into the 21st century.
When I was a child my family lived on a farm. I remember certain afternoons when sunlight filtered through gaps between the barn’s wood planks, creating a three dimensional volume of parallel light rays. Dust particles would float through the air like stardust, as mesmerizing as any modern day laser art show.
The house we designed had beautiful views across a neighboring meadow. It was the perfect opportunity to employ this type of effect. Without the dust, of course.