Meadow Farm House by William McDonough + Partners


The building site, a secluded three-acre perch in northern California, sits close to but not directly overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The LEED Platinum project, a collaboration with interior designer Carla Carstens and landscape architect Bernard Trainor + Associates, evolved into an organic farm, with a 6,120-square-foot house and outbuildings nestled in a landscape of orchards, gardens, and native trees. In form and materials, the house reflects and celebrates its rarefied location. Gently undulating portions of the zinc roof nod to the ocean and help to redirect and slow constant winds. Structural walls of rammed earth were made from site soils.




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