住宅坐落在Mount Veeder一侧的山坡上,俯瞰杨特维尔和Stags Leap。建筑周围是高耸的红杉林,树干上带着最近一场森林大火留下的伤痕。

Situated amongst tall redwoods scarred from recent forest fires, perched on the side of Mount Veeder, the dwelling is nestled into the hillside overlooking Yountville and Stags Leap.

▼建筑外观,external view of the building ©Douglas Friedman


The outpost is traditionally a small camp positioned at the edge of the country or known parts of the hinterland. This property was used by Ridgie and Buttons as a retreat where they could be close to the things they love, family and friends, while maintaining a connection to their roots in southern California.

▼远景鸟瞰,建筑位于树林中,distanced aerial view of the house in the forest ©Douglas Friedman


The project consists of a two-story cube with a parabolic roof and an off-center entry courtyard that is reflective of the house they spent most of their life in and is a representation of how the fire burned their property. The clients chose a deep umber for the exterior corrugated steel cladding and a very warm and light Russian Birch nautical plywood for the interior. Without thought, their choices emulated the stoic coastal redwoods that surrounded their house – charred exterior and soft warm and light interior.

▼深色的外观与明亮的室内,dark colored exterior and bright interior ©Douglas Friedman


Coming up a steep and winding driveway, the geometry of the façade is designed to guide the eye to the front door and view beyond. There are only five small openings on the front of the house which are shrouded by Australian Tree Ferns and Japanese Coral Maples. The hard edges of the architecture meant to be in unison with the vertical grain of the Coastal Redwoods, with small meadows beneath and surrounding its base.

▼从道路看向住宅,view to the house from the driveway ©Joe Fletcher


As one steps into the courtyard, a V-shaped awning soars 30 feet above and points to the very intimate courtyard which opens to the sky above. The entrance awnings are a deep yellow designed to reflect light differently throughout the day, while not overpowering the house and become a thin signifier of entry. During a rain, they resonate like a tuning fork and remind the inhabitants of the importance of rain. A collections system surrounds the house and culminates in the courtyard with a water storage tank for those days that water is needed below for the roots of the meadow, which the drought cannot comply with.

roof points to the courtyard ©Joe Fletcher

a thin awning above the entrance ©Douglas Friedman

facade details ©Joe Fletcher


As you enter the house, you are immediately greeted with a wall of glass that seems to go to the top of the redwoods some several hundred feet above the house. The Living room is designed so that when one stands or sits inside the space, the ceiling is not perceived in one’s peripheral vision, therefore making it seem as if you are in that outpost at the edge of the forest, there to enjoy the beauty of the hawks soaring above the vineyards below and the surrounding forest.

glass wall at the entrance ©Joe Fletcher

▼餐厅,dining space ©Douglas Friedman

▼开放式厨房,open kitchen ©Douglas Friedman


We designed the house to exceed the California Building Code for building in the wild. In some places the new residence exceeds the requirements by four times. The house is oriented with the living spaces on the view with a lofted Main bedroom. Although an almost perfect square in plan, the 30’ tall glazing is arranged in such a way as to never allow direct sunlight into the main bedroom in the morning and as there are no window coverings, the glazing becomes only a barrier between cold and hot.

▼视野开阔的客厅,living space to the view ©Douglas Friedman

staircase to the main bedroom above the living space ©Joe Fletcher

▼主卧,main bedroom ©Joe Fletcher


When the sun crests the eastern ridge of the Napa Valley the light is filtered through redwoods and live oaks and create different shadows on the interior. The interior material is the same throughout, except in the bathrooms. The nautical grade plywood is not treated, it is there to be scuffed, scratched, and to receive the patina of living. The owners were given small sanding blocks to tend to any ‘annoying’ smudges. The floors are reclaimed maple meant to gently contrast against the nautical grade plywood and unify the light and materials throughout.

inside the staircase composed of unified wooden materials ©Douglas Friedman

bathroom using different materials ©Joe Fletcher


The side of the house that runs parallel to a large retaining wall serves as the utilitarian edge of the house, containing the pantry, laundry, mudroom, power, etc. There are two-bedroom suites that are nestled into the northwest corners of the house and are tucked away in such a way that one discovers their presence almost on accident. Very compact with floor to ceiling openings that are designed to allow one a morning or evening view of the forest and valley beyond.

▼隐蔽的卧室,tucked away bedroom ©Douglas Friedman


The outpost is self-sustaining as any outpost should be, both in physical and emotional requirements. Set on the edge of civilization where there is no fast response for help in the case of an emergency, the next fire that comes will burn past it, leaving the outpost as the lone sentry, on watch. Designed for advancement of enlightenment.

▼一层平面图,first floor plan ©Atelier Jorgensen

▼二层平面图,second floor plan ©Atelier Jorgensen

Project Name: Mount Veeder Outpost
Office Name: Atelier Jorgensen
Office Website: www.atelierjorgensen.com
Social Media Accounts: @atelierjorgensen (Instagram)
Contact email: brandon@atelierjorgensen.com
Firm Location: Napa Valley, San Francisco, & Los Angeles California
Completion Year: 2020
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 2,316SF
Project Location: 3181 Mount Veeder Road, Napa, California
Program / Use / Building Function: Private Residence, Primary Residence
Lead Architects: Atelier Jorgensen
Lead Architects e-mail: brandon@atelierjorgensen.com

Photo Credits:       Douglas Freedman & Joe Fletcher
Photographer’s Website: https://www.douglasfriedman.net/https://joefletcher.com/
Photographer’s e-mail: carrief@art-dept.com (Douglas Friedmans Agency), joe@joefletcher.com