Sierra Pelona Mountains Castaic, United States

Sierra Pelona Mountains Castaic, United States

Weary from years of two-hour work commutes, the project owners engaged ANX to develop a new residence within a mile of their Southern California manufacturing company’s facility and offices. Interested in maintaining a similar connection to the land as their current residence, an undeveloped rugged sandstone terrain, bisected by a dry river and dotted with native yucca, oak, sagebrush, and beavertail cactus, was selected as the site for the new home.

In response to the challenge of creating spaces to view, measure, and engage with the diversity of the surrounding semi-arid landscape, the Arroyo Oak House is open and transparent, immersed in natural light, and visually integrated with the surrounding Sierra Pelona Mountains. Optimizing the connection to this unique topography, multiple interlocking program-specific pavilions are oriented across the site. The placement and overlap of these pavilions result in varying scales of gardens, terraces, and decks, encouraging landscape elements to literally and perceptually permeate the home’s interior.

Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones

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