Butterfly House by Feldman Architecture

Vision of butterflies alighting on the ground

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业主找到Feldman Architecture设计公司,希望他们可以设计一个休息寓所,既能满足退休后的生活又能方便孩子们来探望。业主希望可以选取一片靠近加利福尼亚州卡梅尔的20000英亩私人土地,融入Santa Lucia保护区的自然景观。业主在选址上十分小心,花了两年的时间,希望可以找到一个足够平坦的地方,建造一个只有一层的建筑物。业主在与设计公司的最初谈话中描述了蝴蝶落到场地上的场景,建筑师由此受到了启发。业主还希望可以运用简洁的现代美学将室内外融合,并为来访者提供独立的空间。

The clients approached Feldman Architecture to design a retreat for eventual retirement and visits from their grown children—a retreat befitting the natural beauty of the location in the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000 acre private development and land trust near Carmel, California. The clients were meticulous in the selection of the site, searching for two years for a spectacular piece of land that was flat enough to accommodate living on one level. In an initial meeting with Feldman Architecture, the clients noted their vision of butterflies alighting on the meadow site, which the architects took as inspiration. They also expressed a desire to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces with a simple, modern aesthetic and to provide separate spaces for their visitors.



Sitting lightly on the land, the house is divided into three pavilions that are topped by expressive butterfly roofs. Each pavilion has a separate function: the central pavilion houses the main living, dining, and cooking spaces, while two other pavilions provide for sleeping, bathing, and relaxing. The structures are modest in size, yet each expands into an outdoor room that opens up to dramatic views of the canyon below and hills above.

▼可以与室外连通的空间,expands into an outdoor room


Beyond poetic gesture, the butterfly roofs bring in views of the surrounding hills, expand the main living spaces into the outdoors and also harvest rainwater. Water, an increasingly limited resource, is celebrated throughout the design. Each roof funnels water to a rain chain fountain and into landscape collection pools, which then gather in cisterns where it is stored and used to irrigate the landscape. In addition, the pavilions were sited to allow storm water to flow under the office bridge during the rainy season and seep slowly into the ground in the main courtyard. 

▼雨水收集池,landscape collection pools


The landscape design furthers the movement of water through the property, using the natural topography to carry it from upslope to the stream on the valley floor below. The seamless transition between nature and building continues throughout the home, with the landscape weaving between the three pavilions. As the plants slip through the interstitial spaces in the architecture, they serve to celebrate views beyond. They announce the movement of water across the site in their coloring, texture, and growth patterns—inspiring a quiet and artful awareness. 

▼自然与建筑间的无缝衔接,the seamless transition between nature and building

▼周围的景观设计将三个体块串联起来,the landscape weaves the three pavilions

▼体块之间种植了植物,the plants slip through the interstitial spaces in the architecture


The neutral palette of the house—concrete floors and walls, large glass openings, plywood ceilings, and steel structure—flows from indoors to outdoors. The use of concrete and large expanses of glass acts as a heat sink—absorbing heat from the sunlight all day and releasing that heat at night. The house uses little energy as a result of extensive daylighting and passive thermal strategies. A large solar array located out-of-sight provides much of the energy that is used.


Location: Carmel, California
Completed: Jan 2014
Size of Home: 2900sf
Design Team:
Architect: Feldman Architecture
General Contractor: Groza Construction
Landscape Architect: Bernard Trainor + Associates
Structural Engineer: Sheerline Structural Engineering
Lighting Consultant: Kim Cladas Lighting Design
Audio Visual Consultant: MetroEighteen
Photography: Jason Liske

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