This house in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Carmel, California, was designed by the San Francisco based Feldman Architecture. It was completed in 2004, and in 2007 it received an Energy and Sustainability Honor award from the American Institute of Architects for its use of passive solar heating and living roofs which made the project very energy efficient.
From the architects:
Located on a nature preserve in the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains, this home’s stunning site consists of oak forests and steep meadows, which strongly constrained and inspired our unconventional design. In order to reduce the impact of our buildings, we sank them into the ground and planted the overhanging roofs with tall native grasses. We also divided the spaces into a series of “pavilions” to break up the house’s overall mass. After passing through an entry grove, visitors can see distant views in-between and over the various building elements. As they are drawn into the widening view, they are led down from the tree-lined ridge to a large terrace that serves as an outdoor living room for the house.
Visit the Feldman Architecture website – here.