Inspired by barns typical of the Sonoma wine country, this house is designed as a residential farm compound that creates private outdoor space for indoor/outdoor living, preserves oak trees and orients the home to views. The simple volumes are expressed both inside and outside and large openings connect the main living spaces to outdoor terraces.
As part of the new five star luxury Montage Healdsburg resort hotel development, master planned by BAR, this residence is designed to be both sensitive to the wooded hillside location while providing for indoor/outdoor living and dramatic views of wine country. Located just north of Healdsburg, the four-bedroom home is sited amongst oak studded rolling hills adjacent to the Alexander Valley and Russian River.
This residence has a contemporary architectural vocabulary designed to be harmonious with its wine country location. Solid and void elements are utilized to bring nature into the home, creating an easy flow for indoor/outdoor living, while reducing the massing. Natural wood siding materials and areas of dark colored roofs and windows alternate to minimize visual impact and blend the home with the wooded backdrop.
A “walk-up” configuration and clustered pavilion floor plan accommodates the existing topographical conditions. Site disturbance is minimized by allowing the natural grade to abut directly to the home, with its height below the tree canopy. Targeted to be Green-Point Rated, each home is uniquely designed to touch lightly on the hillside and preserve the natural terrain.
Responding to the area’s unique climate, the design focuses on indoor/outdoor living areas with outdoor amenities to include private terraces, kitchen and dining area, spa and shower. Owners also have access to the hotel amenities and services of the nearby resort.