House Ocho by Feldman Architects
Sitting comfortably on a grassy slope in Carmel Valley, California, House Ocho by Feldman Architects is surrounded by mature oak trees and spectacular views in every direction. The priority for the homeowners was a design that enhanced the surroundings – not something to outdo them – which was the driving force for architect Jonathan Feldman.
This modern house seems to get swallowed up into the hillside, with its low-profile, single-level layout, the grass-topped roofs and plenty of natural building materials like wood and stone.
The home itself is a warm, light-filled space boasting large windows to take in the commanding views. The house is divided into separate living and sleeping quarters, which are separated by a courtyard with an outdoor fireplace.
Located on a nature preserve in the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains, this home's stunning site consists of oak forest and step meadows, which strongly contained and inspired our unconventional design. In order to reduce the ompact of our building, we sank them into the ground and planted the overhanging roofs with tall native grasses.
Architect: Jonathan Feldman AIA, Feldman Architecture, LLP
Project team: Yat Sun Ng & Tom McElroy
Project: Vacation Home / “Family Compound”
Location: Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel Valley, CA
Completed: September, 2004
House Size: 270 m2
Garage: 50 m2
Lot Size: 49 Acres, of which 47 Acres are protected by an environmental easement
Photos: Paul Dyer