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Far from the city

A house that blends into the slope of a hill and overlooks the Pacific Ocean, this is Studio Schicketanz’s new zero-emission project for a Silicon Valley family. What was initially planned as a weekend getaway has been transformed, given the pandemic, into a place to spend the quarantine together away from the city. A haven of peace where they could enjoy the swimming pool, ocean view, games room and many other amenities in the house. Mary Ann Schicketanz and her team have furnished the house in detail with the best products and finishes, including Made in Italy brands.

The pool features petrified wood logs by Leos Enderle and Rodney Hunter, while sculptural artworks by Eric Gushee and Casey McCafferty, as well as pieces by Silvia Poloto, are scattered throughout the house, creating a sort of private gallery. Each of the beds, ottomans, bookcases and media cabinets were custom designed. Material selections include local granite from Hollister, CA for the rock walls, full plaster for the “cubes” facing the rock walls, and Savannah Brown Duras flagstone to complete the wall stone and entryway connectors.

The “shell” has been maintained in all neutral colours and earth tones, while the interior shows off accents of colour from the mosaic walls and Venetian plaster. In addition to the luxury finishes and furnishings, and given its extreme location, the house is expected to achieve net zero thanks to the generation of energy and hot water (for the pool) from solar panels and Tesla Power Walls, which will power the house when the electricity grid is unavailable. The energy produced on site covers all the energy needs of the house, as well as charging for 2 EV vehicles. A house imagined to be a place of escape from the noise of the city that has become the model of a new life that meets modern and future needs. 

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Project: Modern Sustainability in Big Sur
Architect: Studio Schicketanz
Photo: Joe Fletcher Photograph