The City of Carmel-By-The-Sea is a place of overwhelming natural beauty. From the ocean cliffsides to the groves of Monterey cypress trees, there is an ever present sense of being enveloped in the place. Even the air has a presence with its sea salt mist and fog drifts.

This house was designed to tuck itself into this environment. It both blends with and relies upon the characteristics of the site. The living spaces open up to a small courtyard, sheltered under the canopy of trees by an elevated wing-like roof. The sleeping spaces open onto the denser grove, creating a treehouse experience. Weathering woods and dry stacked stones echo the trees and the earth around the structure. Green roofs sit atop parts of the staggered volumes, helping to pull the house deeper into the site as it works its way down the steep terrain.

Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Category: Residential, new construction

Contractor: Stocker & Allaire

Photographer: Renderings by Jobe Corral Architects