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Big Sur, Ventana Wilderness Retreat + Gardens

Bordering the Big Sur Ventana Wilderness,  our friend and client had a homestead and a vision.  He wanted an off-the-grid organic garden and retreat destination to share with kindred spirits.  He wished to tread lightly on the land while growing food sustainably, providing for the retreat and the locals, including nearby Tassajara Hot Springs.

With this in mind, we were able to design thoughtfully – and integrate carefully – several modestly sized structures to support his vision.  We began with a streamlined greenhouse + mechanicals,  terraced  into the hillside,  with passive and active solar/ rock bed technology to assist with moderating year round temperatures and humidity.

Our extensive design Program further included a Sleeping Tower, the Bath House (showcasing austere luxury), a covered outdoor Kitchen dually serving as washing and boxing center for the garden bounty and a solar warmed swimming pool/ fire reservoir.

 

 

Location: Big Sur - Ventana Wilderness, CA

Guest Tower - Concrete Cantilever

Guest Tower - Concrete Cantilever

Tower with View Deck + Mechanical Doors

Tower with View Deck + Mechanical Doors

Custom Steel Railings and Stairs

Custom Steel Railings and Stairs

Bath House Entrance

Bath House Entrance

Tub Ventana Views

Tub Ventana Views

Site Poured Concrete Vanities + Wood Stove

Site Poured Concrete Vanities + Wood Stove

Bath House into Landscape

Bath House into Landscape

Clerestory at Changing Area

Clerestory at Changing Area

Changing Area

Changing Area

Greenhouse Mechanicals

Greenhouse Mechanicals

Outdoor Kitchen, Produce Washing, Concrete Counters

Outdoor Kitchen, Produce Washing, Concrete Counters

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