A spectacular luxury retreat befitting the natural beauty of its location in the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000-acre private development and land trust near Carmel, California, the Butterfly House is divided into three pavilions, which blend perfectly on the site and are capped by distinctive butterfly roofs. Each pavilion has a separate function: the central pavilion houses the main living, dining, and cooking spaces, while two other pavilions provide for sleeping, bathing, and relaxing.
Beyond poetic gesture, the butterfly roofs bring in views of the surrounding hills, expand the main living spaces into the outdoors and also harvest rainwater. Water, an increasingly limited resource, is celebrated throughout the design. Each roof funnels water to a rain chain fountain and into landscape collection pools, which then gather in cisterns where it is stored and used to irrigate the landscape. In addition, the pavilions were sited to allow storm water to flow under the office bridge during the rainy season and seep slowly into the ground in the main courtyard.
The neutral palette of the house, concrete floors and walls, large glass openings, plywood ceilings, and steel structure, flows from indoors to outdoors. The use of concrete and large expanses of glass acts as a heat sink, absorbing heat from the sunlight all day and releasing that heat at night. The house uses little energy as a result of extensive daylighting and passive thermal strategies with a large solar array located out-of-sight provides much of the energy that is used.
|Size||2,900 sq. ft. (269.42 m²)|
|Country||United States of America|
|District||Santa Lucia Preserve|
|Photography||Joe Fletcher Photography|