Feldman Architecture Puts Two Cabins in the Garden in Mill Valley
San Francisco’s Feldman Architecture – with an approach that maximizes sustainability, cleverly designed these two cabins so that they blend into the garden like two hobbit houses in the woody setting in Marin’s Mill Valley.
The wife, who loves to garden, has a green roof garden atop her yoga studio at the bottom of the garden.
The husband, who loves to paint, has white light lavishly dolloped into his open white studio at the top.
His studio looks out on the lovingly tended green roof below, atop the yoga studio below.
The orientation of the two cabins was designed to make a strong natural connection to the site and landscape that is unforced. Each has different views in the two settings.
A charming pathway connects the two studios, which subtly suggest that they have always been there.
The plan shows the layout within the hilly site.
The yoga cabin at the bottom of the garden was also designed for privacy in order to serve as a guest cottage for when the couple have guests staying.
With typical sensitivity to the site, Feldman Architecture has carefully placed the two cabins lightly between the existing trees in such a way that minimal re-grading was needed.
The landscaping by Jori Hook is as much a part of the final result and is as important as the architecture. If you’d like to check out more cabins, take a look at Hocking Hills Cabins.