Healdsburg, California, USA
Inspired by the hardened shell of an insect, Studio Vara has designed a family residence, with a rugged metal wrapper that envelops the simple elongated form of this structure.
Studio Vara’s Carapace Retreat has been awarded a 2023 American Architecture Awards and a 2023 International Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture, Design, and Urban Studies.
The residence is located on a hilltop and has impressive views over the valley.
Studio Vara has designed a home that is a prototype for sustainable dwelling and resilient development in the “post-climate-change” California landscape.
The residence offers optimized passive ventilation and controlled solar exposure.
Project: The Carapace Retreat
Architects: Studio VARA
Landscape Designer: Studio VARA
Interior Designer: Studio VARA
Lighting Designer: Tucci Lighting
Structural Engineer: Strandberg Engineering
General Contractor: Fairweather & Associates
Photographers: Matthew Millman