Architects: Studio Schicketanz
Project: California coastal retreat
Location: California’s Central Coast
Size: Main house of 4,000 square feet (372 square meters), plus small separate guest houses, on 70 acres (28 hectares)
Photographer: Joe Fletcher Photography
Studio Schicketanz embraced the principles of sthapatya veda for this retreat designed and built for a close-knit family from southern California. Sthapatya is a word from ancient India that means “establishment,” and Veda means “knowledge.” The guiding principles of the practice are based on an understanding of established cosmic order. Each element of the building must face a certain direction, and a particular emphasis is placed on the importance of using green building materials.
The main residence, guest house, and barn have been built; three studios are underway. The singular vision is for a compound that can shift and adapt uses depending on family needs: for work, meditation, meals, music, games, and celebrations. All utilities have been installed underground in order to preserve the pristine nature of this ancient plot of land.
This California Coastal Retreat was originally built completely off the grid. Today, a connection to the grid exists, but the entire property is primarily serviced by a large solar array, and conservation of natural resources remains very important to the family.