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Mill Valley Cabins, Mill Valley, Calif.

Mill Valley Cabins, Mill Valley, Calif.

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    Joe Fletcher

    Clerestories and glass walls bring the lush scenery into the yoga studio.

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    Joe Fletcher

    Two cabins fit more easily into the steep hillside than one large addition.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The artist studio, above, overlooks the yoga studio’s planted roof.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The buildings blend into the surrounding vegetation.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The curved roof mimics the land’s natural forms.

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    Stepping up the hill so one is perched over the other, each room offers a different point of view.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The lower cabinís green roof became a garden art project.

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    The detached cabins invite the owners to engage with the landscape.

Avid hikers and gardeners, these clients wanted to be out on the land. So when they decided to add rooms in which to practice yoga and art, the idea of two outbuildings made sense. Nestling slimly between trees and stepping up the hill so one is perched over the other, each room offers a different view of the landscape.

Poetically, the upper art studio looks down on the yoga/guest cabin’s green roof, a planted canvas. “They didn’t want to see a metal roof,” says architect Jonathan Feldman. “Our first thought was to make it disappear, but then to actually make it a garden art project.”

Our judges liked the roof and the experience of approaching the buildings. “It’s so contextual to California,” one said.


Entrant/Architect: Feldman Architecture, San Francisco; Builder: JP Builders, Oakland, Calif.; Landscape designer: Jori Hook Landscape Architecture, San Anselmo, Calif.; Structural engineer: Yu Strandberg Engineering, San Francisco; Living space: 500 square feet (upper studio), 380 square feet (lower studio); Site: 2.01 acres; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Joe Fletcher.


Resources: Bathroom fittings: Moen, www.moen.com; Bathroom fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; Doors: Sierra Pacific, www.sierrapacificwindows.com; Insulation: Demilec, www.demilecusa.com; Lighting fixtures: Halo, www.halo-lighting.net; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; Roofing: IB Roof System, www.ibroof.com; Skylights/roof windows: Royalite, www.royalite-mfg.com, Velux, www.veluxusa.com; Windows: Sierra Pacific, www.sierrapacificwindows.com