In the pine hills of Calistoga, California, this rustic home is nearly indistinguishable from the natural environment. The Napa Valley House by Eliot Lee and Eun Lee feels like it was grown, not built, yielding an intimate relationship with the hills around it. Its topography, landscape and material construction are precisely as mother nature intended.
The Napa Valley House is built directly into a rocky ridge that slopes downward toward a valley. The rocks were reclaimed as a part of the design, a visual element that is repeated in various aspects of the home’s construction. Not a single stone was taken off site, as they would eventually be built into the walls or crushed for stone pathways between buildings.
The Napa Valley House is actually a collection of four buildings on a single plot. The architect emphasized outdoor living by connecting four sections into one, separated and guided by the exterior landscape. This landscape is entirely natural, using local flora that is placed in a deliberate manner to recreate how the plot would look before construction. It feels incredibly natural, and its occupants are a part of the surrounding nature– not a force to domesticate it.
The most alluring element of the home is the rooftop pool and patio. These elevated sections provide sweeping views of the hills and valleys beyond, allowing for an immersive viewing experience of Calistoga, California.