Halls Ridge Knoll Guest House Sets High Standards for 2013 AIA Housing Awards


Halls-Ridge-Knoll-Guest-House-12Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the Halls Ridge Knoll Guest House has won the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Housing Award in the One and Two Family Custom category.

With details of glass, timber, and stone that is responsive to the surrounding hillside, this guesthouse is one element in a vacation retreat that is located on a former cattle ranch in the Santa Lucia Preserve near Carmel, California. Additional structures on the retreat include the main residence and a workshop.


Amongst manzanita trees and live oaks, views look out onto the Los Padres National Forest and the San Clemente Mountains.

Sustainability features of the Halls Ridge Knoll Guest House include natural daylighting, overhanging roof, natural ventilation, and naturally weathered zinc roofing. Wood that was reclaimed from a barn was used for flooring.




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  • http://intercongreen.com/ T. Caine

    It’s definitely a nice-looking home, but when it comes to sustainability there have to be some deeper questions asked. Reusing materials is a great practice, but how sustainable are swimming pools that are chlorinated? Are they reusing that water if and when they need to drain it? No mention of energy use or how well the building is insulated? Perhaps the biggest question is how ecologically responsible is having a house, and workshop, and guest house, all built out in the middle of the rural landscape at all?

  • http://www.sethneal.com/ Seth Neal

    I love how this site no longer even knows what Passive House means. I’m looking squarely at you Lynne O’Connor.

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