Valley of the Moon Retreat House Sonoma by Butler Armsden Architects

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Location: Sonoma, California, United States

Awards

AIA 2016 MERIT AWARD WINNERS / Category: Built Project, Custom Residential

AAP – The American Architecture Prize 2017: Winner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture



Architects: Butler Armsden Architects

Photographer: Joe Fletcher

General Contractor: Thompson Suskind

Structural Engineer: Summit Engineering



This AIA award-winning Sonoma residence reinterprets the wonderful spaces of the original Spanish haciendas of Mission-Era California using a truly modern vocabulary. Situated in the Valley of the Moon between the historic Sonoma Plaza to the southeast and Jack London’s former estate to the west, this house adopts the courtyard model popularized in the early architecture of the area. Earning a LEED Silver designation, the house uses the oldest of methods to conserve energy through overhangs and siting to capture the prevalent valley breezes, while also utilizing the latest in technology to generate electricity and hot water. For the owners, a couple with young children, the house will serve as a sustainable family retreat for decades to come.

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Butler Armsden Architects was founded in 1985 by the firm’s principals, Lewis Butler and Catherine Armsden.

Lewis Butler, AIA, received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and his Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to co-founding Butler Armsden Architects, Lewis was a member of the distinguished firm of William Turnbull & Associates in San Francisco.

Catherine Armsden earned her A.B. in Fine Arts & Art History at Brown University and her Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At Butler Armsden, Catherine became interested in the unique physical, emotional and sensory histories that clients bring to the design process when seeking to create houses that will feel like home. Inspired to explore more about our complex relationships with houses, Catherine left Butler Armsden in 2000 to write full time. Her novel, Dream House, was published in 2015.

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Butler Armsden Architects
1420 Sutter Street, First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109

phone: 415.674.5554
fax: 415.674.5558
info@butlerarmsden.com


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