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.
Born and raised in London, UK, Joe Fletcher studied painting at Chelsea College of Art & Design, receiving his BA in Fine Art, and later attended London’s Goldsmiths University, graduating with a MFA in photography. In 2003, he left soggy London for foggy San Francisco.
On an atypically-configured sloping double lot in San Francisco, this new home takes advantage of rare siting to maximize the experience of changing daylight and sweeping city views. The use of deep overhangs and angular cedar forms carefully frames horizon views while gently responding to the corner siting.
On this beautiful plateau, high on a ridge of the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the intention was to respond with an elemental design that strengthens a connection to nature on a vast scale while navigating the natural topography and sculptural rock outcroppings with deft precision.
On a narrow down-sloping lot in Truckee, this home is carefully sited within a very limited buildable area to establish critical landscape relationships, capture daylight and panoramic views from within, and frame expansive views of the Martis Valley below. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, the house is carved into the hillside, allowing approach views to extend over the roof of the home.
A tight lot in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood seems an unlikely setting for a home replete with gardens. Rather than a conventional yard, Jensen Architects sculpted a weave of shifting volumes and open spaces. Pacific Heights Residence is a family home completed by Jensen Architects in 2017.
Situated among old-growth valley oaks on the footprint of a house the owner had for ten years, the Sonoma Residence is a culmination of time spent in the old house, art world inspiration and a collaboration of owner, architect and builder.