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Summerhill Residence by Edmonds + Lee Architects

By • Aug 12, 2011

San Francisco-based studio Edmonds + Lee Architects has completed the Summerhill Residence project in 2008.

This 4,095 square foot contemporary house is located in Kenwood, an unincorporated town in Sonoma County, and sits high in the hills of California wine country.

The residence consists of three separate structures, the main house, the guest house and a detached garage.

Summerhill Residence by Edmonds + Lee Architects:

“Set within a rural parcel in the heart of Northern California Wine Country, the Summerhill Residence consists of 3 separate buildings (main house, guest house and detached garage) that are situated to maximize the connection between the natural and the man-made. The distinction between the indoors and the outdoors is intentionally blurred as interior and exterior spaces extend in all directions to the gently rolling hills of the Sonoma landscape beyond.

Organized along a north/south axis, the buildings have been situated so that void space between the buildings will allow for defined outdoor courtyards but with informal circulation routes in and around the buildings. These outdoor courtyards while similar in vocabulary are intended to be experienced differently as each is orientated in a different direction to capture distinct views of the site beyond.

As the residence is intended for use as a rural, weekend retreat for a family living in San Francisco, particular focus was paid to heighten the experience of being in the country. As such, the public spaces of the house have extensive amounts of glazing that allow for unobstructed views the adjacent outdoor spaces and the landscape beyond. Additionally, direct access through sliding and swing doors to wood decks that wrap around the main house and guest house spaces provide a literal and metaphoric transition to the outdoor spaces beyond.”

Photos by: Bruce Damonte Photography

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One Comment to Summerhill Residence by Edmonds + Lee Architects
  1. Daniëlle Terpstra says:

    What awesome this design! So open and the nature is so close! Great job.

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