Feldman Architecture received a brief from their client’;s in Mill Valley California, USA, to construct two new structures within their property, 1 for an artists studio and one for a cabin that would do double duty as a yoga space and guest accommodations. The place of the new structures would be on a slope with the studio overlooking the guest cabin and for this explanation, the client’;s and architects opted to produce a rooftop garden on the reduced constructing, employing it to feature a vista of low lying shrubs viewable from the studio above. Only the chimney stack gives it away.
The Mill Valley Cabins are accessed from the existing home via a pathway of flagstones wrapped in moss that weaves by means of the naturally treed terrain. The place of the two new buildings was partly based on their minimal footprint inside the current trees as well as the sunlight and slope orientation.
The artists studio sits greater on the slope and is reached by way of a rock stairwell reduce into the slope. The homeowner, who loves gardening, has taken benefit of the tiered landscaping in front of the studio to function a series of shrubs spilling out and over the embankment. The studio itself is clad in vertical siding, left unfinished so that it can naturally climate into a silvery patina not that considerably different then the rock stairs and the flagstone pathway.
The studio has a deck that overlooks the guest cabin, but covered in a rooftop garden, the cabin blends peacefully into the surrounding landscape, appearing as an extension to the shrubbery in front of the studio.
The edge of the roof gives the appearance of a garden edging and this visual is enhanced by the undulating rows of specimen shrubs. Even the chimney stack seems to be component of the garden.
With the multitude of tall trees surrounding the new buildings, the selection of shrubbery had to be very carefully planned according to the amount of sunlight verses shadow they would obtain throughout the day.
The decision of succulents, herbs and grasses are all drought tolerant and there is a full variety of colours with the exception of blues that demand complete sun.
The flagstone pathway continues past and around the guest cabin prior to arriving at its entrance on the far side. Right here, also, low lying shrubs and perennials spill forth, generating a best haven for bees and butterflies.
With the homeowner’;s adore of gardening, and the architects’; ability at making new spaces that seem to have usually been there- such as the pathway itself -, the journey from the major house to the art studio and guest cabin is like travelling through an enchanted forest.
Right after traveling through an enchanted forest, inspiration is easy to come by and that is a very good point when the point of location is an art studio. This studio need to be the envy of each artist that sees it with its forest place, wide open interior space and all-natural light flooding in from each and every path. Even the curved ceiling adds a dimension of spherical fluidity, maintaining the creative spirit traveling about – but not out of – the room.
With an artist painting furiously in the studio above, what guest would not want to stay in the cabin below? It is soon after all a small piece of paradise tucked into the trees with only the sounds of nature to lull them to sleep.
Photography by Joe Fletcher Photography