Set into an oak-crowned knoll within a 50-acre operating vineyard, this award-winning home offers a serene retreat for husband-and-wife artists in the California wine country.
The exterior forms are an abstraction of the California-Mexican hacienda tradition, strongly influenced by Mexican architect Luis Barragan. In an unconventional use of the expansive site, the house was designed to focus inward, creating a tranquil environment. Windows were strategically placed throughout the house to create picturesque vignettes, with the only expanse of glass reserved for the panoramic view toward the Russian River below. The hillside location offered the opportunity to create separate floors for studio and living/entertaining functions. The two-level scheme generated maximum site coverage and integrates the major existing oak trees into the design through a series of courtyards.