Marin County Estate & Corporate Retreat

Marin County, CA
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Approached by one of our long term repeat clients, BAR was commissioned to analyze the conversion of a 150,000 sf corporate headquarters into a private estate for corporate retreats with complete conference facilities, 56 guest rooms, spa, theater, dining, bar, game room, screening rooms and private gallery for display of the owner’s art collection. BAR’s design for the complete adaptive re-use of the building is based on a Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style used on the existing building.

Careful analysis of this style of architecture was used to integrate the new spaces with the existing building, and design solutions often started with the question “What would Frank have done?” The horizontality of the spaces results from careful design of wood trim throughout that provides both a linear connection to large banks of windows and the outdoors, so common in the Prairies style, but also evoking a connection to Japanese Architecture that was the original inspiration to Frank Lloyd Wright and others practicing this style in turn of the century America.

BAR designed custom stain glass lay lights deriving inspiration from original Frank Lloyd Wright “tree of life” design motifs. The project also benefitted from coinciding with the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright in 2017 when many unique design patterns were reissued by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for reproduction, thus providing a unique resource for previously unavailable Frank Lloyd Wright designs for custom handmade tiles, patterned wood moldings, light fixtures and wall papers.