Stinson Beach House by Washington DC-based firm Wnuk Spurlock Architecture, is a smart, sustainable residence tucked into the mountainous coastline north of San Francisco. The house features sustainable products such as bamboo flooring, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, and recyclable metal studs. A series of one-story volumes step up the mountainside and reduce the space of the building while providing a multitude of great views of the surrounding landscape.
The house is organized around a central courtyard and evokes the sense of a small, clustered village. The courtyard divides into two sections: the main residence, and the guest wing/pool house. Large operable windows, an abundance of plants, and outdoor spaces blur the line between interior and exterior and make the building blend into the natural environment.
While the exterior is clad in a combination of natural and recycled materials and subtly shaded fiber cement panels, metal panels of copper patina and bronze-coated zinc help identify special functions within the interior.
A solar energy system and strategically placed operable windows make the house energy efficient and maximize exposure to the ocean breeze, providing a natural cooling system and eliminating the need for mechanical air conditioning systems.