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The Paso Robles home is a weekend house that will eventually become the owners' full-time residence.

paso robles residence, paso robles, calif.

paso robles residence, paso robles, calif.

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    The Paso Robles home is a weekend house that will eventually become the owners' full-time residence.

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    The Paso Robles home is a weekend house that will eventually become the owners' full-time residence.

  • Weathering steel picks up on the landscape's darker hues.

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    Weathering steel picks up on the landscape's darker hues.

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    Weathering steel picks up on the landscape's darker hues.

  • A covered terrace with a fireplace links the home's public wing with the pool area, facilitating outdoor dining throughout the year.

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    A covered terrace with a fireplace links the home's public wing with the pool area, facilitating outdoor dining throughout the year.

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    A covered terrace with a fireplace links the home's public wing with the pool area, facilitating outdoor dining throughout the year.

  • The home's reliance on thermal mass, night cooling, passive solar orientation, shading, and natural ventilation enabled the clients to forgo an active cooling system.

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    The home's reliance on thermal mass, night cooling, passive solar orientation, shading, and natural ventilation enabled the clients to forgo an active cooling system.

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    The home's reliance on thermal mass, night cooling, passive solar orientation, shading, and natural ventilation enabled the clients to forgo an active cooling system.

  • A floor plan and section of the project, which is divided into a public wing and a private wing.

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    A floor plan and section of the project, which is divided into a public wing and a private wing.

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    A floor plan and section of the project, which is divided into a public wing and a private wing.

  • A diagram of the Paso Robles Residence's sustainable strategies.

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    A diagram of the Paso Robles Residence's sustainable strategies.

  • Sandblasted concrete block becomes both an interior and exterior finish material.

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    Sandblasted concrete block becomes both an interior and exterior finish material.

  • Strong axial relationships establish a connection to the site from every point inside the house.

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    Strong axial relationships establish a connection to the site from every point inside the house.

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    Strong axial relationships establish a connection to the site from every point inside the house.

  • Aidlin Darling Design used windows to promote cross-ventilation and to frame carefully chosen views.

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    Aidlin Darling Design used windows to promote cross-ventilation and to frame carefully chosen views.

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    Aidlin Darling Design used windows to promote cross-ventilation and to frame carefully chosen views.

paso robles residence, paso robles, calif.
aidlin darling design
san francisco

Before they began designing this Paso Robles, Calif., house, architects Joshua Aidlin, AIA, and Peter Larsen camped out on the 78-acre site to gain a sense of its daily rhythms and idiosyncrasies. This experience influenced the home’s eventual location, on a low-lying, tree-shaded patch of land. And it helped Aidlin, Larsen, and David Darling, AIA, figure out how create a building that cools itself naturally, even in 115-degree temperatures. Their use of passive solar principles—thermal mass, night cooling, orientation, shading, and ventilation—allowed them to bypass air conditioning, thus helping to meet the clients’ goal of living in harmony with the local climate.

“It’s a well-composed testimony that modern architecture still has drawing power,” said a judge. “It’s not trying too hard.”

 

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project credits

partners: Joshua Aidlin, AIA, and David Darling, AIA, Aidlin Darling Design; principal: Peter Larsen, Aidlin Darling Design; project designer: Michael Pierry, Aidlin Darling Design; general contractor: Turko Semmes, Semmes & Co. Builders, Atascadero, Calif.; landscape contractor: Rick Mathews, Madrone Landscapes, Atascadero; interior designer: Aidlin Darling Design; structural engineer: Bill Lynch, Berkeley Structural Design, Berkeley, Calif.; civil engineer: Barak Miles, Geo-West, Atascadero; project size: 2,667 square feet; site size: 78 acres; construction cost: Withheld; photography: Matthew Millman Photography.


product details

bathroom fittings/fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com, Duravit, www.duravit.us, TOTO, www.totousa.com; cooktop: Wolf, www.subzero-wolf.com; countertops: DuPont, www2.dupont.com; dishwasher: Miele, www.miele.com; doors/windows: Semco, www.semcowindows.com, Fleetwood, www.fleetwoodusa.com; exterior siding: Basalite, www.basalite.com; flooring (carpet): Tretford, www.tretford.com; garbage disposal: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Omnia, www.omniaindustries.com, Hager, www.hagerco.com, Dorma, www.dorma.com; insulation: Certainteed, www.certainteed.com; kitchen fittings: Waterstone, www.waterstoneco.com; kitchen fixtures: Franke, www.franke.com; lighting fixtures: Lightolier, www.lightolier.com, Hunza, www.hunza.co.nz, Artemide, www.artemide.us; range: Dacor, www.dacor.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; refrigerator: Amana, www.amana.com; roofing: IB Roof Systems, www.ibroof.com; skylight: O’Keeffe’s, www.okeeffes.com