dowling studios: westside road
dowling studios: westside road dowling studios: westside road
feb 12, 2012

dowling studios: westside road

‘westside road’ by dowling studios, sonoma county, california image © matthew millman

blending into the surrounding wooded landscape, the ‘westside road’ residence san francisco and princeton-based dowling studios offers panoramic views of sonoma county’s russian river valley. the rural 22 acre site has been minimally disturbed, utilizing prefabricated and panelized framing system for custom site-built construction. positioned upon a knoll, the home was conceived as a wood slice, receding into the forest along the west, north and east sides of the structure. a covered patio and lap pool are placed between the living areas and the scenic valley below. to lay lightly upon the land, the internal program minimizes wasted circulation space, eliminating wasteful rooms such as entry foyers and walk-in closets.

facing south, the elongated facade maintains spectacular vistas while maximizing solar orientation. energy efficiency and sustainable methods within a limited budget were of top priority and were tested and implemented to their fullest extent. a large cantilevered overhang protecting the great room’s floor to ceiling perimeter windows allows passive cooling and heating without excessive solar gain. a concrete slab foundation provides additional thermal mass while insulated fiberglass skylights and rooftop solar photovoltaic system reduce energy needs. reclaimed wood flooring and low VOC paints were used on the interior.

built into a knoll image © matthew millman

back to back bedrooms image © matthew millman

(left) entry walk (right) facade and material detail images © matthew millman

view through living room image © matthew millman

(left) south veranda (right) outdoor dining area and lap pool images © matthew millman

kitchen image © matthew millman

kitchen, dining and living area image © matthew millman

living room image © matthew millman

view from kitchen image © matthew millman

dining table image © matthew millman

(left) fireplace (right)  guest room images © matthew millman


image © matthew millman


image © matthew millman

at dusk image © matthew millman

site plan

floor plan / level 0 1. entry 2. kitchen 3. dining 4. living 5. gas fireplace 6. master bedroom 7. master bathroom 8. den / guest room 9. bedroom 10. bedroom 11. bathroom 12. pool bath 13. laundry room 14. mechanical closet 15. pool patio 16. 76 foot lap pool



    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    (2 articles)


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,115 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample