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.
3,100 sq. ft.
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Eric Townsend, Christopher Girt, Jeremy Schacht, Anthony Denzer, Zack Vourlas
ENGINEERS: Karl Blette (Structural design)