D a n i e l   R u a r k ,   A r c h i t e c t

Custom Residential Architecture

Private Residence

Carmel Valley, California

All main social spaces of the 4,560 sqft residence are organized within the open volume defined by the spreading canopy of a hexagonal shaped tiled roof.  

A massive double-sided fireplace at center is shared by living room, library and dining area.  The kitchen is cradled in another portion of the hex form with windows opening out to landscaped planting areas.

Darkly stained glu-lam beams spread outward from the masonry core and split to each side of the corner mitred glass windows and come to rest upon thick masonry piers.  Roof overhangs project well beyond the walls serve to protect the interior from sun penetration and glare.  A translucent skylight at the apex of the hex roof wraps around the masonry core and serves to balance the interior with soft, diffused light.  Custom designed built-in seating and cabinetry serve to unify the architectural concept.

Two gable-roofed narrow wings of the residence project from opposing sides of the main hexagon living space.  One serves entirely a service function to organize the pantry, two car garage, workshop and storage.  The other wing houses three bedrooms plus baths and a large study all linked together by a gallery corridor incorporating generous built-in cabinets for storage.  A clerestory window running the length of the roof ridge allows natural daylight to filter down into all rooms.  A work studio doubling as guest room with bath is discreetly attached to the main living core and reached by separate entry. "Carmel" type stone masonry is used both inside and out.  

The roof is covered by flat terra cotta colored tile.

Designed by Aaron G. Green, FAIA.  

My role and responsibilities:  production of Construction Documents along with the Project Manager.

Photo Credit:  All photography by Frank Green.