Bonny Doon

Rendering: JLA

Bonny Doon Retreat

As part of a design competition, we conceived of this family compound set on 125 acres of forested land, which is defined by redwoods and distant views of the Pacific.

Creating a casual sense of place while capturing the unspoiled woodsy-feel was critical. The parcel called for something organic; however, the family wanted a modern home that maintained a camp feel and spurred discovery and adventure.

Starting with the idea of a summer camp, individual cabins evolved into a series of interconnected pavilions arranged around a central meadow. Each pavilion was inspired by its specific location. The first building is a three story treehouse containing the main entry with mud room, guest suite, and primary suite with “bird’s nest” study above. The second, a sky pavilion, features the great room with kitchen and dining areas oriented towards the ocean. The third building, the moss pavilion nestled in the lichen-covered oak forest, houses the children’s bedrooms. And the fourth, a water pavilion / pool house, encompasses the guest quarters and spa.

Designed with corten, board-formed concrete, and glass, materials were chosen for their rustic aesthetics, fire-resistance, and durability.