160 Varick Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10013
160 Varick Street, 11th Floor New York, NY 10013
Santa Cruz Villa
Santa Cruz, California

High in the hills above the Monterrey Bay, California, a winding road and curving driveway leads to this modern Italian country house. On the front side of the home, expansive views are enjoyed from every room, wrap-around terraces, and courtyards. A pool and spa were carefully sited to allow guests to enjoy both the tower wing and shaded outdoor kitchen at one end, and the main house at the other. Inspired by the traditional ‘Casali’ of Tuscany, the house is designed to incorporate separate elements connected to each other, in order to create the feeling of a village. The house incorporates sustainable and energy efficient criteria, such as ‘passive-solar’ orientation and high thermal and acoustic insulation. The interior will include natural finishes like clay plaster, natural stone and organic paint. The design includes solar panels, radiant heating and an overall healthy green approach.

In collaboration with Louie Leu Architects.

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