This hillside inspiration is carefully tucked away in the rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, just outside of Carmel, California. This unique transitional contemporary residence is designed by Stuart Silk Architects of Seattle, Washington and built by Carmel Builders and Company.
Inspired by the distinctive and moving landscape, the design of the home is conceived as a string of five pavilions, each rotated on a different angle in response to the curving contours of the land. Each pavilion has its own unique outlook over the scenery. For example, the living room is focused on Pinyon Peak, which is an important geographical landmark. Other rooms capture other angles. The gallery, which runs in a crescent shape the entire length of the home, connects the pavilions.
By following the contour of the land, disturbance to the site was minimized, preserving the natural landscape. Also, in deference to the land, each pavilion was limited in height, allowing the living and family rooms to be the tallest volumes at fourteen feet and other volumes to flow up and down in an undulating pattern, mirroring the surrounding hills. The low-sloping roofs and deep overhanging eaves have the effect of further integrating the home with the site.