California-based architect, Casper Mork-Ulnes built a modern, daylit artist's studio a few years ago, and now they've taken the stunning structure to the next level with an organic extension that seems to grow out of the studio like a living organism. Located on a three-acre farm in Sonoma County in northern California, the new addition houses a kitchen, dining area and a large indoor garden. Both buildings blur the line between interior and exterior, and facilitate a strong connection with the surrounding landscape.
The new 720-square-foot extension adds domestic spaces to the main structure, which houses a 2,500-square-foot artist’s studio, office, and storage building clad in barn wood. Dubbed the “Amoeba”, the structure extends out into the landscape and features elements of greenery that form a lush indoor garden. A large skylight is carved into the scissor-beam roof construction. The roof of the extension contrasts the inverted pitched roof of the studio, although it follows a similar geometric logic.
Sliding doors can be completely opened to let breeze naturally cool the spaces, leading out to the garden where the owners planted a variety of plants, including bamboo, fig trees, creeping vines, and aloes.
Photos by Bruce Damonte