Located on 165 acres of Sonoma Valley, Camp Baird serves as a rustic retreat to escape from a family's urban dwelling. The compound is comprised of two structures, clad in weathered steel and slanted metal roofs, laid out in an L-shape. To maintain an authentic campground feel, most of the interior remains open to the outdoors, with a screened-in galley kitchen and dining area and an outdoor shower, while three enclosed spaces aren't limit by function and can be used for sleeping, lounging, or whatever need arises. Operating completely off-grid, the home is naturally cooled, heated by a pair of wood-burning stoves, and powered by solar panels. At the heart of the property, a massive deck explands out to an 82-foot-long lap pool and endless rows of live oak trees.
Joe Fletcher / Malcolm Davis Architecture
It's wintertime. For many, that means snow shoveling time. The Alpha Shovel is the ideal tool for the job. It has a blade that's over two feet long, a foot deep, and built from five pounds of sandblasted, clear coated T-6 aluminum. It has serrated teeth to break through ice and hard snow, slots for easy storage, a telescoping shaft, and a Nylatron D-handle that's guaranteed to work all the way down to -60 degrees Celsius. In other words, it can handle the toughest of driveway clears, even if you live in an Alpine hut off an unpaved road.
Inspired by the sandy, woodsy parcel on which it sits, Villa Meijendel takes advantage of its location with a multi-level, partially sunk floorplan. You enter the home on the middle level, home to an office and two bedrooms. Above it lie the open kitchen and living spaces, while the bottom floor holds the master bedroom, as well as a garage and technical room buried in the sand. The main unpolished concrete structure dictates the flow between floors with gentle slopes, while the steel, wood and anodized aluminum are similarly left raw. The exterior is coated in burned wood, broken up only by the sizable windows that provide views to the dune valley beyond.
Christian van der Kooy / VVKH Architecten