Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Evening Lighting, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Caterpillar House was completed in January 2010 by the San Francisco based studio Feldman Architecture. This fine hillside residence is the first LEED Platinum Custom Home of the California Central Coast.

The Caterpillar House implements sustainable elements and implements contemporary ranch ideals beautifully, with open plan living and a continuous connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Located on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California, USA.

Garden, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Terrace Views, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Rolling Hills, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Driveway, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Water Storage Tanks, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Glass Front Door, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Hallway, Exposed Concrete Walls, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Contemporary Living Space, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Side Table, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Dining Space, Glass Walls, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Kitchen, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Kitchen, Breakfast Bar, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Living, Dining Space, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Living Space, Sofa, Coffee Table, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Modern Fireplace, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Terrace, Hill Views, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Bedroom, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Hills, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Floor Plan, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Sustainability Section, Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture

Caterpillar House in Carmel, California by Feldman Architecture:

“The design for the Caterpillar House, sited on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, sought to accentuate a connection to the land. Having lived in a Cliff May home, the client came to the project with a love of modern ranch houses and looking for an environmentally-conscious response to a beautiful site. The Caterpillar House implements sustainable elements while exploring a contemporary version of the ranch ideals: massing that is low and horizontal, an open plan with a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, and main living areas which center informally on the kitchen.

Connecting literally and figuratively to the site, excavated earth was repurposed for the construction of the walls. These rammed earth walls gently curve in response to the site’s contours and also act as a thermal mass, regulating temperatures from day to night. Capturing rainwater for irrigation, three tanks proudly sit close to the home – a clear sign of the available water resources for landscape. Large south-facing glass doors open the main living area to a large covered contemporary porch and to an outdoor patio with sunshades that expand and contract to allow for a flexible entertaining area that responds to the client’s needs.

The glazing, natural ventilation and operable shading also act as a passive heating and cooling system, cooling the house in the summer and warming the house in winter. Integrated photovoltaic panels enable the house to produce all of its energy requirements without compromising the graceful curve of the low roof against the hill.

The Caterpillar House is the first LEED Platinum Custom Home of the California Central Coast.”

Photos By: Joe Fletcher

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