This vacation residence, set in California’s Napa Valley, is designed for a family of five. Situated in the hills above the Silverado Trail, the house commands sweeping vistas of valley and mountains beyond. The courtyard scheme provides an open connection between the interior spaces and surrounding landscape.
The form and construction of the building responds environmentally to the state’s larger energy concerns, as well as to the valley’s unique and dramatic change in temperature that occurs from day to night. The column and beam structure is made up of precast, pretensioned concrete members that increase the thermal mass while preserving an open plan and perimeter views. The mass traps the cooler evening temperature to yield a comfortable daytime environment. The roof’s tessellation of spandrels allows daylight to enter the interior via the seams of the structure.
The exterior skin of the building is a drape of translucent fiberglass cladding that provides waterproofing, shade, and an ubiquitous diffusion of light. The overall intention of the proposal is to create an environment both contiguous with its landscape and cave-like in its retreat.