Guided Modern Home Tour

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Join us on Sunday, October 9, 2011, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. for the MDC Modern Home Tour. The tour will be celebrated within the local natural beauty of the Private Santa Lucia Preserve showcasing three exceptional regional modern examples of residential design.

The first home of our three private residences is the recently completed guest house (2011) of the Halls Ridge Knoll House by Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Located on a rugged pristine site, the design compliments its rolling topography and captures views both panoramic views of the mountains within a forest of ancient trees. Flanking the winding entry drive, it sits anchored on the side of a sloping hill by a massive bluestone wall screening both the house and pool. From this wall a simple timber-framed shed roof spring up that supports a naturally weathered zinc roof over cedar clad volumes. This structure with its back turned to the drive opens up to the beauty of nature beyond with its screens of industrial glazing and shaded wood decks that reconnect your senses with nature’s ever changing seasons.

Intended as vacation retreat this guest house is part of three phased project development that will also include a workshop and the main residence as natural landscaping by Bernard Trainor + Associates is subtle in connecting the three structures as one.

The next residence on our tour is the La Loma Residence (2008) by renowned architect Buzz Yudell of Moore, Ruble and Yudell Architects + Planners. Situated within a grove of untouched oaks, this h-shaped hacienda modern residence seamlessly connects indoor with outdoor living with its two central courtyards and honest use of materials.

The final home on our tour is the Caterpillar House (2010) by Jonathan Feldman, sited within the preserve in order to accentuate its connection to the land. Having grown up in a Cliff May home, the client came to the project with a love of modern ranch houses, but also looking for an environmentally-conscious response to a beautiful site. Natural landscaping is by Joni Janecki + Associates. The home implements sustainable elements while exploring a contemporary version of the ranch ideals and is the first LEED Platinum Custom Home of the Central Coast.

The home tour will conclude here with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception hosted by the owner and the local AIA Monterey Bay Chapter with sponsorship by the many who made both the event and projects possible.



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