Perched on a six-acre parcel just minutes from downtown Sonoma, California, is a steel-clad dwelling known as the Triple Barn House. The two-level home was built in 2016 by San Francisco–based Mork-Ulnes Architects for a couple seeking to reconnect with nature.
Inspired by the area’s rural building typologies, the firm wrapped the home in metal cladding reminiscent of the iron-red soil found at the hillside site. "We chose Cor-Ten steel as the cladding material for its natural resistance to fire, as well as its resonance to agricultural buildings of the Sonoma Valley," says Casper Mork-Ulnes, the firm’s founder. "The natural soil of the Sonoma hillside is very iron rich, which gives it a rusted color, making the house tie back to earth."
Inside, crisp white walls present a stark contrast to the home’s rustic red exterior, and large picture windows and floor-to-ceiling glazing further enhance the light-filled atmosphere. In total, the dwelling spans 1,750 square feet, with spacious living areas connected by an open layout. Sliding glass doors open the professional-grade kitchen to a large, partially shaded outdoor area that frames captivating views.
"My favorite feature is the way it feels like one continuous room, yet at the same time there are three zones existing under three roofs, each serving a different function," Mork-Ulnes notes.
In addition to free-flowing living spaces, the home has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a double-height office and a bonus room on the lower level. Wooded trails weave around the property, offering many opportunities to enjoy nature.
"The house turned out to be more private than we expected," says one of the current owners. "It truly is a hideaway. It feels like we are in a world away from the hustle and bustle." Scroll ahead to see more of the residential retreat, now listed for $2,995,000.
101 Adobe WaySonoma, California, is currently listed for $2,995,000 by Daniel Casabonne of Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country Brokerage.
Know of a home for sale or rent that should be featured on Dwell.com? Find out how to submit to Dwell.
Get the Real Estate Newsletter
From midcentury classics to the best contemporary spaces for sale, see the latest listings for modern homes on the market around the world.