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2022 ADC Awards - Spatial Design

Three Gables

Agency AIDLIN DARLING DESIGN / San Francisco

Client Confidential


Spatial Design / Residential Building

Annual ID


About the Work

Perched on ten acres in the hills overlooking Napa Valley, this contemporary home for a family of three is defined by a triad of gable roof structures. After a wildfire decimated their property, the clients were determined to rebuild a modern, resilient home that embraced both the agrarian vernacular of the area and the father’s European roots.

The exterior palette is composed of concrete and steel, which are inherently fire-resistant materials. Finely crafted, board-formed concrete makes up the stout base and the majority of its walls. The standing seam metal, gabled roofs shed rainwater and deflect potential sparks blown in from distant fires.

The interior’s meticulously crafted oak cabinets, ceilings, and floors complement the concrete and steel structure. A taught, minimalist approach to the interior details pervades the home with custom steel, stainless steel, and bronze cabinetry sprinkled throughout. Functioning as storage space and as a delicate tertiary scale, this steel casework acts as jewelry adorning the industrial framework.

Both parents are gourmet chefs who love hosting elaborate meals, thus the kitchen and dining room are designed as the home’s heart. Custom stainless-steel cabinetry by Abimis creates a professional-grade workspace.

Two large portals gracing the dining room’s east and west elevations open to create a cabana-like venue. Two cantilevered decks are direct extensions of the main living area. These verandas are clad in aluminum grating to mitigate flammability.

The three gabled structures each contain a family member’s study. In the main house, the top floor is an open loft the son uses for schoolwork. The wife’s office is a treehouse-like retreat accessed through a rooftop bridge. Located over the garage, the father’s office is treated as a glowing white prism. This triptych of environments provides secluded space, while the living room, kitchen, and dining room embrace the essence of bonding.

2022 Awards

Total Points: 9


Design Firm

Aidlin Darling Design / San Francisco


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