San Joaquin Valley Residence / Aidlin Darling Design

San Joaquin Valley Residence / Aidlin Darling Design

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Big Valley, United States
  • General Contractor:Scott Mooneyham Construction, Scott Mooneyham
  • Structural Engineer:Structural Design Engineers, Jack Laws
  • Civil Engineer:Welty Engineering, Kaiser Shahbaz
  • Geotechnical Engineer:Condor Earth Technologies, Kevin Freitas
  • Architect In Charge:Joshua Aidlin, David Darling , Peter Larsen, Michael Pierry, Kent
  • City:Big Valley
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Text description provided by the architects. Situated in the rural "Big Valley" of Central California, this private residence negotiates between the rigid geometry of its agricultural context on one side, and the serene pastoral setting of a natural stream basin on the other. Inspired by the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, simple forms cast in strong daylight and shadow capture a spirit of place. 

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Heavy earthen masses are collected under a broad overhanging roof plane, composed to bracket the landscape and reciprocate the grand scale of the site.  The resulting interstitial void demarcates the public living zone as an indoor/outdoor room, blurring distinctions between interior and exterior space. Intimate sleeping and bathing spaces are placed within the earthen masses, each with its own private access to an outdoor garden room.

© Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

 A rustic vocabulary was developed in response to the agricultural vernacular, resulting in a neutral palette of cement plaster, reclaimed wood posts and planks, steel, board formed concrete, and water elements. 

© Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman


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Cite: "San Joaquin Valley Residence / Aidlin Darling Design" 24 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/468103/san-joaquin-valley-residence-aidlin-darling-design> ISSN 0719-8884
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