Light on the Land

With its humble footprint and restrained use of local materials, this 1,400-square-foot house in Northern California makes a dramatic impression

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Inspirational Location
Dominique Vorillon

Inspirational Location

This lot has a panorama of unspoiled Pacific coastline but also direct views of houses down the hill and vulnerability to intense sunlight and wind. And the site is visible from the Pacific Coast Highway, increasing the California Coastal Commission’s scrutiny over the design process

“We took one of architecture’s most basic forms―the shed―and reinterpreted it to mimic the topography of the hill,” says Eric. The designers also turned to their archives at TGH. The firm’s founder, William Turnbull Jr., was one of the original architects at The Sea Ranch, a nearby community developed in the 1960s that defined the area’s modern yet rustic home styles.

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