CARETAKER’S HOUSE

 
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Situated on the original building site, the Caretaker’s House was the first new construction on the Sonoma Vineyard’s 200-acre site.

Fastigiate Hornbeam windrows and Yew hedge baffles define axes and exterior rooms, while terraced vineyards slope away to surround the house. This agrarian language began here and established the larger project vocabulary.

 

TYPE

Residential / Agricultural

LOCATION

Glen Ellen, CA

SCOPE

Master Plan, Full Design

TIMELINE

1998-2009

STATUS

Built

SIZE

200 acres

 
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A simple “farm” palette was developed of architectural rammed earth walls, dry-stacked stone site walls, and concrete, stone, and gravel walks and courtyards. The shaded hillside slope and entry terrace was established with a native understory and grove of Acer griseums, Paperbark Maples, and a series of Taxus baccata, Yew hedges that form a clipped “datum” measuring the cross slope. Sited for its sweeping views across the new vineyards, entry, and the Agricultural Building and courtyards, the home stands a sentinel.

 
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client

Withheld

collaborators

Aidlin Darling Design

Cello & Maudru Contractors

PHOTOGRAPHY

John Sutton

MFLA