Sonoma Spa Retreat

This project page was created by community member Aidlin Darling Design

This retreat space was created as a private exercise, meditation and relaxation studio for a businessman and his family. Topography, orientation and relationship to landscape were all considered in the choreography of experience that heightens one’s sense of discovery, accentuates privacy and ultimately provides the serenity of escape.

The building’s form is defined by a collection of simple rustic cedar boxes that provide a counterpoint to the surrounding landscape. The rectilinear forms are in turn cradled by the curving walls, which allow the resultant space to burrow into the earth. The wood deck of reclaimed teak extends interior space out into the landscape, obscuring the boundaries between inside and outside. A canopy of cantilevered lodgepole pine floats above the roof, providing much needed shade to the southern face of the building and its’ sundeck.

Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
Photo Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design
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With a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines, partners Joshua Aidlin and David Darling started Aidlin Darling Design around a woodshop in 1997. With an emphasis on designing for all of the senses they have cultivated a diverse and collaborative studio that acts as the creative hub for an extended network of builders, fabricators, artists, engineers, chefs, and other collaborators. In recent years, the firm has garnered over 125 regional, national, and international awards including the Smithsonian’s Cooper- Hewitt’s 2013 National Design Award for their body of work, a James Beard Award, five American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, two International Civic Trust Awards, and several awards from the AIA, IIDA, and ASLA.
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