Aidlin Darling Design Takes Over the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

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December 20, 2013
Through an exhibition at a California museum, an award-winning San Francisco architecture firm offers a glimpse into its design process. Read Full Article
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  The centerpiece of the exhibition is C-Chassis, a site-specific, 55-foot-long installation. Made from charred or stained cedar, it is intended to raise awareness of the roles that the non-visual senses play in the design process. Photo courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

    The centerpiece of the exhibition is C-Chassis, a site-specific, 55-foot-long installation. Made from charred or stained cedar, it is intended to raise awareness of the roles that the non-visual senses play in the design process. Photo courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

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  A reflecting pool for a residence that Aidlin Darling designed in San Joaquin Valley, California. "This rural residential project incorporates the agricultural vernacular language of California's Central Valley, including irrigation aqueducts and vastness of scale," David Darling says. "Landscape, materiality, and the cooling effect of water elements were paramount." Photo courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

    A reflecting pool for a residence that Aidlin Darling designed in San Joaquin Valley, California. "This rural residential project incorporates the agricultural vernacular language of California's Central Valley, including irrigation aqueducts and vastness of scale," David Darling says. "Landscape, materiality, and the cooling effect of water elements were paramount." Photo courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

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  Aidlin Darling designed this undulating canopy to hang on the ceiling at Wexler's, a restaurant in San Francisco's Financial District. Darling says it "evokes a sensual and emotive connection" to its setting. Photo courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

    Aidlin Darling designed this undulating canopy to hang on the ceiling at Wexler's, a restaurant in San Francisco's Financial District. Darling says it "evokes a sensual and emotive connection" to its setting. Photo courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

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  These early abstract studies for a residential project in Mill Valley, California, show the firm's creative process at work. Image courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

    These early abstract studies for a residential project in Mill Valley, California, show the firm's creative process at work. Image courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

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  These three-dimensional site sketches for a winery in Petaluma, California, show it as an extension of the landscape. Image courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

    These three-dimensional site sketches for a winery in Petaluma, California, show it as an extension of the landscape. Image courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

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  Aidlin Darling's design for a three-story, Cor-Ten steel addition to a beachfront house in San Francisco was featured in the September 2007 edition of Dwell. Photo by Robert Schlatter.

    Aidlin Darling's design for a three-story, Cor-Ten steel addition to a beachfront house in San Francisco was featured in the September 2007 edition of Dwell. Photo by Robert Schlatter.

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