Glen Ellen Aerie

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationSan Francisco, United States
Project locationSonoma, CA
CompanyAidlin Darling Design

Two modest volumes, benched into the hillside, open to a floating glass bar as the ground drops away. This perch at the edge of a pine forest allows for a layered sequence of heightened sensorial experience, moving from grounded enclosure to revelation and suspension above the valley floor. The design appropriates outdoor space, using screened openings, operable glass walls, and shaded decks to create a transition from natural landscape to materially warm interior. The space evokes both the convivial spirit of a wine country gathering along with the solitude akin to being in a tree house.