Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

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Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

New Rural California Residence in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County, USA – design by Feldman Architecture

Mar 18, 2018

Caterpillar House

Location: Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel, California, United States of America

Design: Feldman Architecture

Caterpillar House

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

The design for the Caterpillar House, sited on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, sought to accentuate a connection to the land. Having lived in a Cliff May home, the client came to the project with a love of modern ranch houses and looking for an environmentally-conscious response to a beautiful site.

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

The Caterpillar House implements sustainable elements while exploring a contemporary version of the ranch ideals: massing that is low and horizontal, an open plan with a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, and main living areas that center informally on the kitchen.

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Connecting the home literally and figuratively to the site, excavated earth was repurposed for the construction of the walls. These rammed earth walls gently curve in response to the site’s contours and also act as a thermal mass, regulating temperatures from day to night.

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Three tanks close to the home proudly store rainwater and provide all of the property’s irrigation needs. Large south-facing glass doors open the main living area to a large covered contemporary porch and to an outdoor patio with sunshades that expand and contract to allow for a flexible entertaining area that responds to the client’s needs.

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

The glazing, natural ventilation and operable shading also act as a passive heating and cooling system.

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Integrated photovoltaic panels enable the house to produce all of its own energy requirements without compromising the graceful curve of the low roof against the hill. The Caterpillar House was the first LEED Platinum Custom Home on California’s Central Coast.

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Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Caterpillar House, Santa Lucia Preserve – Building Information

Design: Feldman Architecture
Contractor: Groza Construction
Landscape Design: Joni Janecki + Associates
Lighting Design: Revolver Design
Engineer: Yu Strandberg Engineering
Rammed Earth Consultant: Rammed Earth Works
Energy Consultant: Monterey Energy Group
Water Consultant: Earthcraft Landscape Design
LEED for Homes Representative: Michael Heacock + Associates
Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County, California, USA

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Photography: Joe Fletcher Photography

Caterpillar House in Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County, images / information received 180318

Website: Feldman Architecture


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