Marks Residence

Sea Ranch, California
  • Sea Ranch, California
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • This project page was created by community member Michael Barron-Wike Architect AIA

    This home was originally designed in 1964 by a professor of mine at UC Berkeley, AIA Gold Medal Winner, Joseph Esherick. The design was part of a complex of 6 "Demonstration Houses" for the newly established residential community, The Sea Ranch. Successfully attempting to integrate buildings into a completely natural northern California coastline setting, these homes won awards for their design nationally and internationally. Forty-five years later, I was asked by the Marks family to bring this worn and inefficiently functioning home into the twenty-first century. Respecting the insights and lessons I learned from Professor Esherick and following my own experiences of living over forty years in the same coast environment, we gutted the home, preserved many of the original materials, and I redesigned the essential pieces of the home that just did not work for this family, for the uses needed for this home, in this setting. The results won a People's Choice Design Award from the Redwood Empire Chapter of the AIA in 2012. Enjoy.

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    Michael Barron-Wike Architect AIA
    The northern California coast offers a unique setting to anyone seeking to reconnect to "living with the land." For over thirty-five years I have been designing custom residences, evolving into more and more durable, creative, and energy-efficient designs. The latest one will come the closest to zero energy use with all of the simplest and cleanest methods. Stay tuned.
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