The Sonoma weeHouse was designed in Minnesota for a client in San Francisco, built in Oregon, and shipped to its Santa Rosa, CA site 90% complete. The client, an architect himself and Apple’s Senior Design Director, Real Estate and Development, was the project’s co-pilot with Geoffrey C. Warner, Alchemy’s principal architect. This small, ultra-minimal, high-end home is based on Alchemy’s weeHouse design, but was customized to meet the luxe finishing requirements the client requested.
The home is composed of two minimalist open-sided boxes set on board-formed concrete plinths nestled on the edge of gnarled oaks. Both structures feature steel frames, 9 ft. tall sliding glass walls set into custom corrugated weathering steel boxes, and ipe interiors with oiled oak cabinetry. The offset boxes are connected by a set of Alchemy-designed steel stairs and railings which were fabricated in Minnesota.
The 16 ft. x 40 ft., 640 SF primary box features a whitewashed oak bed box in the middle of the volume. A kitchen-dining-living room space is on one side, and a bath space on the other. For shipping logistics, the primary box was composed of two modules, one being the 10 ft. x 40 ft. porch. The porch module was bolted onto the main module onsite, and cantilevers into the site’s dramatic landscape.
The accompanying 330 SF guest house is an abridged version of the larger module with a large whitewashed oak wardrobe forming the bathroom wall. Both structures take advantage of the site’s expansive view.
Some images by Brian W. Ferry Photography