This Single-story home "Caretakers Residence" was designed by Aidlin Darling Design. The residence is placed between a forested mountain and rolling vineyard, a rammed-earth wall demarcates the primary spaces of this single-story house. Built of native earth and woven among existing trees, this monolithic wall anchors the building structurally, ecologically, and experientially. Floor-to-ceiling glass completes the building envelope and captures panoramic valley views. The glass and earth walls work together to orchestrate indoor-outdoor living and to provide passive heating and cooling.
About the architects design philosophy:
Aidlin darling design balances the demands of artistic endeavor, functional pragmatics and financial considerations. The firm’s design approach is client and site specific while questioning conventional assumptions. A collaborative process including clients, fabricators and builders inspires a creative exploration resulting in appropriate solutions.
The inherent spirit of place is uncovered and constraints are transformed into unique design. The individual character of each project emerges through poetic spatial relationships, material richness and exacting detail.