Magazine article Sunset

A Deck for Sleeping Dogs and Lunch in the Sun

Magazine article Sunset

A Deck for Sleeping Dogs and Lunch in the Sun

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The sea ranch aesthetic is a live and well and living in...Sea Ranch. Architect, author, and teacher Donlyn Lyndon, who helped design the condominium structure that made the community on California's Mendocino coast famous in 1964, returned to design his own house there 30 years later.

The original condominium -- which Lyndon and his partners called "the wooden rock" -- launched an entire architectural idiom based on respect for climate and landscape, interest in natural materials, and affection for simple barn shapes. Today, the house that Lyndon and his wife, Alice Wingwall, designed with the assistance of builder Matthew Sylvia shows how durable and appropriate those ideas remain. A friend quipped: "It's not a revival, it's a survival."

The jury applauded the skill with which the architect was able to work within the discipline of the original idiom to create a special place in the landscape. Lyndon calls it a "modified dogtrot house." "Two rooms and their appurtenances are linked by a wall (not a roof) and bracket a broad, sunny deck," he says. …

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