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Meadow Farm House Northern California

DESCRIPTION

The site design of this small organic farm and residence transitions from a cultivated landscape of orchards, gardens, and farming towards a restored native ecology of meadow grasses and coastal live oaks. The interwoven site and architectural design celebrate the native Northern California landscape and a deep connection to place. The main house is a series of pavilions with rolling zinc roofs that echo waves and wind patterns coming off the ocean, just visible from the property. Striated color patterns in rammed earth walls extrapolate the gentle curve of existing site topography. The building is passively heated and cooled, and energy uses are supported almost entirely by on site harvesting (PVs). The farm includes comprehensive rainwater and graywater harvesting. The project is LEED Platinum certified.

ORGANIC FARMING & RESTORATIVE ECOLOGY

The site transitions from vegetable gardens and a restored olive orchard to native meadows that merge with adjacent public parkland.

ANTICIPATORY DESIGN

Buildings are composed of multiple pavilions which can be re purposed for alternate future use as additional housing, classrooms, nature center, community farm, etc.

PASSIVE ORIENTATION

Building orientation and roof profiles optimize daylighting, solar shading, natural ventilation and rooftop solar power harvesting.  Thermal mass is employed to enhance passive heating, and no mechanical cooling is necessary.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

A large amount of integrated photovoltaic panels provide electrical power to the home and farm. Evacuated tube solar thermal provides all domestic hot water, space and pool heating.

CLEAN WATER

Comprehensive rainwater harvesting supplies site irrigation, toilets and laundry.  Waste water is cleansed and released via bio-filtration swales.  Buildings are plumbed for future transition to graywater reuse.

MATERIALS

Emphasis on the use of regionally manufactured and harvested materials, such as rammed earth, Carmel stone, reclaimed redwood, FSC certified Douglas fir and ceramic tile.  Materials and finishes are non-toxic, with preference for those in safe, closed loop manufacture and reuse cycles.

PROGRAM

Organic farm and private residence

AREA

3 acres

STATUS

Completed 2013

TEAM

William McDonough + Partners, Architect
Bernard Trainor + Associates, Landscape
Carla Carstens, Interior Design
Tipping Mar + Associates, Structural
Timmons Design Engineers, MEP
Sherwood Design Engineers, Civil
Horton Lees Brogden, Lighting Designer
Davis Energy, LEED Consultant
Green Building Specialist, Inc., LEED Consultant

AWARDS

LEED Platinum Certified