Pine Mountain Road / Stanley Saitowitz Natoma Architects


When we shared our interview with Stanley Saitowitz, design principle of Natoma Architects Inc., earlier this week on AD, we promised to share his latest works. For his Pine Mountain Road weekend residence, Saitowitz creates “an elemental architecture of column and roof, a man made grove of habitation.”

More about the weekend residence after the break.


Situated on a hilltop overlooking the wooded areas of , the residence is organized around a field of columns on an 18′ grid continuing the “dense trunkscape found on the site”.  Two walls are constructed to protect the square and isolated the three interior pavilions.  The three pavilions cater to the main living space, the master suite, and a guest suite. In addition to these three elements, a pool completes the square.


The pavilions are enclosed in sliding glass walls with furniture and fixtures floating within, wrapped in etched glass. “Spaces dissolve with almost no difference between inside and out.”  The roofs of the pavilions extend outward as trellises ”complement the dappled light of the foliage.”






Project title: Pine Mountain Road

Location: Cloverdale, California

Design year(s) from 2008 to 2009

Construction year(s) from 2009 to 2010

Architect(s) or architectural firm(s):    Inc.

Principal(s) in charge: Stanley Saitowitz

Project team: Stanley Saitowitz, Neil Kaye, Daniel Germain

Client(s): Glen Lajeski and James Geraldetcheverry

Structural engineer(s):      GFDS Structural Engineers

General contractor:     Carolan Construction

Program:      Single Family weekend residence

Structural system:  Steel   (hot rolled steel and metal deck)

Major materials:   Aluminum Bar Grating, Metal Deck, Glass

Building area: 2,500 sq ft

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Pine Mountain Road / Stanley Saitowitz Natoma Architects" 07 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Evan Rose

    The architect might call it an homage, but I believe this house is a blatant ripoff of Oscar Niemeyer Case Study House #21;

    • Laroche

      Oscar Niemeyer, who was forbidden in the USA because of his commustist sympathies, has nothing to do with Case Study Houses. You mean Pierre Koenig or Craig Ellwood, I guess.

  • Evan Rose

    I’d like to be notified of followup comments via email.

  • Scottmft

    Evan Rose, I couldn’t agree more. The materials are slightly different, but the overall composition is shockingly similar. Is this sampling or was Saitowitz hoping nobody remembered anymore?

  • Evan Rose

    There’s no way that people interested in architecture and architecture news would have missed the fact that the Niemeyer house was famously auctioned off (furnished and Porsche included) a couple of years ago;