“Situated in the rural ‘Big Valley’ of Central California, this private residence negotiates between the rigid geometry of its agricultural context on one side, and the serene pastoral setting of a natural stream basin on the other. Inspired by the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, simple forms cast in strong daylight and shadow capture a spirit of place,” [Aidlin Darling Design.]
This residence is encircled between a wandering stream and a network of orchards. The residence is comprised of earthen masses which reinforce the landscape and shelter the interior from abundant California sunshine. This open space is used for living, cooking, and dining. A cantilevered roof connects the space, blending the indoors and outdoors. A neutral color palette and materials comprised of concrete, steel, reclaimed wood, and water all the residence to blend with the landscape and agricultural offerings of the land. Thanks to Aidlin Darling Design.
Not surprisingly, Aidlin Darling Design and the San Joaquin Valley Residence have received well deserved praise and recognition for this inspiring feat.
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies recognized the San Joaquin Valley Residence with an American Architecture Award in 2013.
In July 2012 the San Joaquin Valley Residence received a Merit Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC).
The AIACC jury commented, “This house is a calm, serene space, remarkably detailed. The wood columns contribute beautifully to its elegant feel.”
The San Joaquin Valley Residence won the 2012 IIDA Northern California Honor Award.
Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: Big Valley, CA 95247
Architect in Charge: Joshua Aidlin, David Darling , Peter Larsen, Michael Pierry, Kent
Area: 5610.0 ft2
Project Year: 2011 (completed February 2012)
Photographs: Matthew Millman, Adam Rouse
General Contractor: Scott Mooneyham Construction, Scott Mooneyham
Structural Engineer: Structural Design Engineers, Jack Laws
Civil Engineer: Welty Engineering, Kaiser Shahbaz
Geotechnical Engineer: Condor Earth Technologies, Kevin Freitas
Project details courtesy of ArchDaily.