Text Box: Strawbale Residence, Lake County California

The 2200 square foot strawbale residence sits on a dramatic site at the edge of a steep cliff.  The basic form is defined by the existing rocks from an ancient lava flow and an adjoining seasonal creek.  Every room has a view towards the valley extending to the southeast, and large windows maximize passive solar heating.

The ground floor has two foci; the view and rock garden to the south, and a music performance stage.  A small loft on the second floor provides panoramic views and privacy for meditation.

The interiors are open and brightly lit, with softer strawbale walls contrasting with sharp, linear design elements.

VanMechelen Architects

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