Oakland-based firm FRANK/ARCHITECTS designed this cozy contemporary cabin tucked away in a California redwood forest. Designed in collaboration with Donlyn Lyndon and Richard Whitaker, this cabin located in Sonoma County's Sea Ranch community is clad in vertical wooden boards to mirror the surrounding the tree trunks. Since the home's rather remote relocation lessens the need for privacy, the architects opened the interior up to views of the outdoors through multiple large glazed openings.
Built on a gently sloping site, the cabin gradually steps down on the landscape from the master bedroom down to the light-filled living room. The sloping diagonal roof helps frame views of the forest and provides tall-ceiling volumes for the bedroom and bathroom areas. FRANK/ARCHITECTS strategically placed windows and skylights to open the house up to views and sun-dappled light.
Inside, the eye is immediately drawn to the double-height, nearly floor-to-ceiling panels of glass that open the living room up to views of the redwood forest and blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. Cylindrical tree trunk-like columns hold up interior beams and bring the feeling of the forest indoors. A rotating wood stove is tucked in the corner next to beautiful filigreed wooden screens brought over from India that evoke the lacy undergrowth of the redwood leaves.
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