Lichen House

Inspiration can come in many forms and in the case of the Lichen House, it mimics the characters of the organism it was named after. The home is located on a hillside in California's Sonoma Valley. The plot is dotted with mature live and coastal oak trees who frequently play host to Ramalina Lichen. Like these fungi, the structure is made from a porous and breathable outer shell. Large overhangs provide shade while metal fin trellis allows light to filter through. Each wing extends out like branches toward the south creating individual microclimates. This allows for every room to have its own unique air-flow, natural lighting, and views of the surrounding landscape.

Photos: Richard Barnes / Schwartz and Architecture

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