Area Structure situates wood-clad Zinfandel home in California wine nation
American studio Area Structure has taken cues from the vernacular structure of Napa Valley for this gabled residence, which is clad in western pink cedar and surrounded by grape vines.
The Zinfandel home was envisioned for 2 high-profile tech executives who previously lived in San Francisco. As soon as the couple began a household, they determined to relocate to a extra spacious and bucolic setting.
They discovered a small winery in St Helena, a village in Napa Valley, with the assistance of Shawback Design – an area inside design agency who labored with the couple on a number of previous tasks, together with their Butterfly Home within the metropolis.
The shoppers then introduced in Area Structure, a Palo Alto-based studio that specialises in creating structure for picturesque pure environments.
The shoppers desired a residence that was low-profile and unpretentious, but additionally featured the “smooth modernism and splendid detailing that had been a precedence of their earlier tasks”. In response, the architects conceived a single-storey dwelling that sits quietly inside its pastoral setting. The house has a U-shaped plan, with the central axis marked by an impressive oak tree.
“The property sits on the valley flooring, the one vertical monument a line of tall bushes within the northeast nook,” mentioned the architects in a undertaking description.
“Area planted the house inside that windbreak, nestling what they designed as a household of constructions between the bushes, leaving a courtyard area – now full of a contemporary pool – within the centre.”
On each the outside and inside, the house takes cues from the location’s agrarian historical past. Facades are wrapped in wooden, and gabled roofs are sheathed in metallic. Inside, darkish timber and metal trusses are left uncovered, alluding to an previous hay barn on the property.
The home incorporates a collection of ethereal, light-filled areas. The central portion accommodates the general public zone, whereas the bedrooms had been located within the two wings. Giant glass doorways open to allow an intimate reference to the encompassing panorama.
“Gentle spills into the home from each aspect by way of the home windows, which open the inside as much as the courtyard and lengthen the house’s visible boundary out into the winery past,” the group mentioned.
Rooms are supposed to really feel fashionable and cosy. Finishes embody plaster partitions, concrete and wood floors, and patterned tiles. The decor has a gentle and earthy high quality, from pale pink sofas and hand-knotted rugs to a picket eating desk surrounded by upholstered chairs.
The inside parts deliver collectively the “high-concept structure Area is thought for, with the deeply intimate course of that underlies all of Shawback’s tasks”.
Area Structure’s different homes within the area embody Sentinel Ridge, a Napa Valley house that consists of a trio of gabled-roof volumes wrapped in aged wooden, and Forty-One Oaks, a spacious home positioned on a wooded website close to San Francisco.
Pictures is by Joe Fletcher.
Architect: Area Structure
Inside designer: Shawback Design
Builder: Grassi & Associates