CALIFORNIAN DREAM... SUSTAINABLE IMPACT !The Santa Lucia Preserve near Carmel, California may be one of the most novel gated communities in the US. Sitting within 20,000 acres of conserved nature (roughly the size of Manhattan) are only 300 ranch-style homes, most of which uphold high standards and sustainable building practices.
Working with the goal of bridging a connection between the built environment and the majestic natural environment of the preserve, the house’s massing and overall logic integrate rather seamlessly into their context. As there is no concern for building density on this huge parcel of land, the home was able to maintain a low, spread-out massing that mitigates any interference with the land’s skyline.
The integration of large glass windows along the perimeter of the façade give the roof a floating attribute, and allow the various threesholds of the house to disappear, giving the home a directionless quality akin to wandering between trees in a nearby woods.
So while one can debate the importance of having an Equestrian center for a community with 300 homes, one can’t deny the commitment of the preserve to making architecture that is sustainably beautiful ;-)