Lake County, California
Perched half-way up the side of a small mountain, this Lake County weekend residence looks southward toward Clearlake and the dormant Konokti volcano, over the town of Upper Lake and surrounding walnut groves. The folded roof planes and deep eaves respond to the southern view and plentiful sunlight to ensure comfortable year-round temperatures and natural light. The home is organized along a multi-functional spine and clad in stone veneer. Separating the hall from the baths and bedrooms and directing visitors to the communal kitchen, dining, and living spaces, this organizing element is a solar heat sink absorbing the winter sunlight and reflecting it back into the house as well as efficiently housing the mechanical and plumbing systems.