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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Feldman Architecture places art and yoga studios on lush California hillside

Mill Valley Cabins by Feldman Architecture
American studio Feldman Architecture has created a pair of wooden structures that are perched on a steep, forested site in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mill Valley Cabins by Feldman Architecture
The Mill Valley Cabins take their name from the northern California town where they are located. The forested site is a short distance from Muir Woods National Monument and the Pacific Coast.
Mill Valley Cabins by Feldman Architecture

The cabins are situated on a sloped property with an existing family home. The owners – one an artist, the other an avid gardener and yoga enthusiast – wanted studio buildings where they could enjoy their creative and recreational pursuits. The cabins also serve as guest houses as needed.
Mill Valley Cabins by Feldman Architecture
Accessed via a stone pathway, the wooden buildings are perched on a steep site that offers "seclusion and inspirational views" of the surrounding landscape, which is blanketed with redwoods and pine trees. The artist studio, which was placed higher up, looks out over tree canopies, while the yoga building feels more embedded in the tranquil forest.
Mill Valley Cabins by Feldman Architecture
By creating two little dwellings, rather than one large one, the team was able to minimise the impact on the terrain.
"Dividing the programmatic needs into separate cabins allowed the two small structures to be placed lightly between existing trees with minimal re-grading of the site," said Feldman Architecture, a San Francisco-based studio.
Mill Valley Cabins by Feldman Architecture
Both studios have gently arching roofs and exterior walls clad in distressed boards made of spruce and pine. Large windows and sliding glass doors usher in natural light and strengthen the connection to nature. In the artist studio, skylights bring in additional daylight.

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