Shasta Residence

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Mt. Shasta, California
un-built project, 2004

This single-family residence, located in a rather extraordinary region of Northern California formed by volcanic activity, Is sited on a three acre parcel at the base of Mt. Shasta. The building is organized around views of four major geographical features that surround it: Mount Shasta, Black Butte, Mount Eddy, and The Crags.

Although the parcel is defined by the Jeffersonian grid, one’s experience of the place is completely governed by the natural geography. We began to understand the mountain landscapes, not only as picturesque scenes to be viewed, but as experiential compass points, each having a different degree of “pull” in determining the spatial organization of the house.

The center of the house – the kitchen – is a control point for a mediated inhabitation of the landscape. From this position, the spaces of the house are constructed not merely to frame specific views as images, but to engage the landscape’s physical presence.

 

BREAKDOWN:
3,100 sq. ft.

PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Eric Townsend, Christopher Girt, Jeremy Schacht, Anthony Denzer, Zack Vourlas
ENGINEERS: Karl Blette (Structural design)

diagram showing relationship of major mountains to project site

diagram showing relationship of major mountains to project site

site plan showing project relationship to major mountains

site plan showing project relationship to major mountains

plan showing spatial relationship to major mountains

plan showing spatial relationship to major mountains

diagram showing relationsip of house geometry to major views

diagram showing relationsip of house geometry to major views

360 panorama view diagram

360 panorama view diagram

exterior view of guest bedroom and office with reflections of Mount Eddy and Castle Crags

exterior view of guest bedroom and office with reflections of Mount Eddy and Castle Crags

interior view showing views toward Black Butte and Mount Shasta

interior view showing views toward Black Butte and Mount Shasta

view deck and living spaces with reflections of Black Butte and Mount Eddy

view deck and living spaces with reflections of Black Butte and Mount Eddy

view of house with master bedroom and bathroom in the foreground and reflections of Mount Shasta

view of house with master bedroom and bathroom in the foreground and reflections of Mount Shasta

diagram showing relationship of major mountains to project site thumbnailsite plan showing project relationship to major mountains thumbnailplan showing spatial relationship to major mountains thumbnaildiagram showing relationsip of house geometry to major views thumbnail360 panorama view diagram thumbnailexterior view of guest bedroom and office with reflections of Mount Eddy and Castle Crags thumbnailinterior view showing views toward Black Butte and Mount Shasta thumbnailview deck and living spaces with reflections of Black Butte and Mount Eddy thumbnailview of house with master bedroom and bathroom in the foreground and reflections of Mount Shasta thumbnail