Kieran Timberlake的“High Horse Ranch”俯瞰加利福尼亚北部的森林谷地High Horse Ranch by Kieran Timberlake overlooks forested valley in northern
Kieran Timberlake的“High Horse Ranch”俯瞰加利福尼亚北部的森林谷地
High Horse Ranch by Kieran Timberlake overlooks forested valley in northern California
这个项目名为“High Horse Ranch”，位于Willits城外，距离三藩市以北约三小时路程。度假别墅坐落在64英亩的林地（26公顷）上，由一间主屋和一座供客人过夜使用的小木屋组成。它为业主提供了完全不同的生活体验，业主平时居住于旧金山Mission District的一个工业空间中。
American firm Kieran Timberlake has used prefabricated components to create a mountaintop retreat, composed of a main dwelling wrapped in weathering steeland glass, and two micro cabins for guests.
The project, called High Horse Ranch, is located just outside the town of Willits, about three hours north of San Francisco. Situated on 64 wooded acres (26 hectares), the holiday retreat consists of a main house and a pair of small cabins for overnight visitors. It offers a completely different living experience for the owners, whose primary home is a renovated industrial space in San Francisco's Mission District.
“与内向阁楼形成鲜明对比的是，“High Horse Ranch”向外聚焦，并由场地、景观和自然为主要设计原则。”费城建筑工作室Kieran Timberlake说。
''In contrast to their introverted loft, High Horse Ranch was designed to be outwardly focused and defined by the site, its views, and the natural landscape,'' said Kieran Timberlake, an architecture studio based in Philadelphia.
The scenic terrain features open meadows, evergreen shrubs and groves of oak, Douglas fir and ponderosa pine trees. To access the home, visitors must travel on a gravel road that winds up through the hills.
''The owners were struck by the dramatic experience of approach and arrival, where the edge of a cliff falls away and reveals a panoramic view of the forested valley below,'' the architects said.
''Accordingly, the design was driven by their early vision of the guest experience: a long, climbing drive; a short, shaded walk to a sheltered welcoming area; and then, upon entering the house and rounding a corner, taking in the view.''
Early in the project, the placement of each building was carefully considered and adjusted several times in order to maximise views and reduce tree clearings. Oriented southwest to northeast, the main home sits between the two cabins. Each of the smaller buildings is about 150 feet (46 metres) away from the central dwelling.
Encompassing 2,580 square feet (240 square metres), the main home consists of two offset bars – one for public functions, the other for private rooms. The exterior is clad in perforated Corten screens and features a built-in nook for storing firewood. The building is sheltered by an overhanging roof, with soffits sheathed in wood.
Serving as the ''social centre of the house'', the public zone contains an open-plan kitchen, dining area and living room. Large, glazed pivoting doors offer sweeping views of a verdant valley and enable the space to be fully open to the outdoors. The private pavilion contains a bedroom and a study, designed as a ''refuge for reading and concentration''.
The cabins – each 290 square feet (27 square metres) – sit atop concrete piers and utilise the same material palette as the main home. Each casita offers a different perspective, as one is oriented to the valley and the other looks toward a canyon. Both provide guests a high level of privacy and comfort.
''While they are dependent on the main house for meals and community, each cabin offers guests privacy and solitude with a bathroom, study desk, covered porch and fire pit,'' the studio said.
三座建筑物使用模块化部件预制而成。业主对Kieran Timberlake早期的项目Loblolly House深有感受，这是一座完成于2006年的预制房屋，因此希望本次项目能尽量减少对环境的影响。
All three buildings were constructed using modular parts that were prefabricatedoffsite. The owners, who wanted to minimise the project's environmental impact, drew inspiration from one of Kieran Timberlake's earlier projects – the Loblolly House, a prefabricated home in Maryland that was completed in 2006.
''The owners favoured building techniques that would touch the site lightly and reduce construction waste,'' said the studio. ''As a result, the design uses off-site modular construction throughout with varying degrees of fit-out.''
Kieran Timberlake事务所于1984年由建筑师Stephen Kieran和James Timberlake创立。该事务所的其他项目包括位于纽约的Pound Ridge House和美国驻伦敦大使馆，该建筑是一个玻璃立方体，其外部包裹着四氟乙烯（ETFE）。
The main house comprises two primary modules and 11 secondary modules, while each guest cabin is composed of a single module. Built in a factory, the modules were ''carefully transported up winding roads and set in place without harming a single tree''.
Kieran Timberlake was founded by architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake in 1984. Other projects by the firm include the Pound Ridge House in New York, which has a mirrored facade, and the US Embassy in London, which consists of a glass cube partially wrapped in ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE).
Photography is by Tim Griffith.