Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Butterfly House Carmel Valley Residence, Santa Lucia Preserve Home, Architects, Photos

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

New Rural California Residence, United States – design by Feldman Architecture

Dec 29, 2017

Butterfly House in the Santa Lucia Preserve

Location: Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel, California, USA

Design: Feldman Architecture

Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

The clients approached Feldman Architecture to design a retreat for eventual retirement and visits from their grown children—a retreat befitting the natural beauty of the location in the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000 acre private development and land trust near Carmel, California.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

The clients were meticulous in the selection of the site, searching for two years for a spectacular piece of land that was flat enough to accommodate living on one level.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

In an initial meeting with Feldman Architecture, the clients noted their vision of butterflies alighting on the meadow site, which the architects took as inspiration.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

They also expressed a desire to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces with a simple, modern aesthetic and to provide separate spaces for their visitors.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Sitting lightly on the land, the house is divided into three pavilions that are topped by expressive butterfly roofs.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Each pavilion has a separate function: the central pavilion houses the main living, dining, and cooking spaces, while two other pavilions provide for sleeping, bathing, and relaxing.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

The structures are modest in size, yet each expands into an outdoor room that opens up to dramatic views of the canyon below and hills above.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Beyond poetic gesture, the butterfly roofs bring in views of the surrounding hills, expand the main living spaces into the outdoors and also harvest rainwater. Water, an increasingly limited resource, is celebrated throughout the design.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Each roof funnels water to a rain chain fountain and into landscape collection pools, which then gather in cisterns where it is stored and used to irrigate the landscape.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

In addition, the pavilions were sited to allow storm water to flow under the office bridge during the rainy season and seep slowly into the ground in the main courtyard.

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Butterfly House Santa Lucia Preserve Home California

The neutral palette of the house—concrete floors and walls, large glass openings, plywood ceilings, and steel structure—flows from indoors to outdoors.

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The use of concrete and large expanses of glass acts as a heat sink—absorbing heat from the sunlight all day and releasing that heat at night.

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The house uses little energy as a result of extensive daylighting and passive thermal strategies. A large solar array located out-of-sight provides much of the energy that is used.

Butterfly House Santa Lucia Preserve Home California

Butterfly House Santa Lucia Preserve Home California

Butterfly House Santa Lucia Preserve – Building Information

Architect: Feldman Architecture
General Contractor: Groza Construction
Landscape Architect: Bernard Trainor + Associates

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve Home

Structural Engineer: Sheerline Structural Engineering
Lighting Consultant: Kim Cladas Lighting Design
Audio Visual Consultant: MetroEighteen

Butterfly House Santa Lucia Preserve Home California

Butterfly House Santa Lucia Preserve Home California

Photography: Joe Fletcher Photography

Butterfly House: Santa Lucia Preserve images / information received 281217

Website: Feldman Architecture


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