Project DescriptionThis project is a winner in the 2017 AIA Housing Awards in the One and Two Family Custom Housing category.
FROM THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
Set in the harsh high desert of California, Sawmill is a family retreat embedded into the tough, scrubby landscape. Shaped by the challenges and opportunities of the remote site, Sawmill is self-sufficient and durable. Riffing on the tradition of tents around a campfire, the 5,200-square-foot house is comprised of three private zones or ‘tents’ surrounding a central family hearth. Each ‘tent’ projects out from the main gathering space: one zone for the parents and one for each of their two children — and, someday, their families and extended families. The owners conceive of this retreat as a lasting marker of their presence and legacy in the area—a welcoming convening space that will keep them coming back to this rural landscape that they’ve come to love and hope to preserve for generations.