feldman architecture: mill valley cabins in san francisco
feldman architecture: mill valley cabins in san francisco feldman architecture: mill valley cabins in san francisco
jan 27, 2013

feldman architecture: mill valley cabins in san francisco

‘mill valley cabins’ by feldman architecture, san francisco, californiaimage © joe fletcher all images courtesy of feldman architecture



the ‘mill valley cabins’ designed by american firm feldman architecture are two extensions to an existing family home in mill valley california.housing a studio and yoga space, also used as a private guest home, the strategy was to integrate the wooden structures into the steep hillsidebetween the trees and to minimize the intervention on site. providing different views and intimacies of the forest, the upper chalet enjoys the ecosystem of the tree canopies and a roof garden with various plant species.  large windows and retractable glass doors open the floors to the forest exterior, as the structures maintain a harmonious balance between the natural and manmade.



structures embedded within a lush landscapeimage © joe fletcher

approach to the new additionsimage © joe fletcher

guest cabinimage © joe fletcher

(left) satellite structure(right) green roof detailimage © joe fletcher

inhabitable green roofimage © joe fletcher

image © joe fletcher

studio cabinimage © joe fletcher

yoga space interiorimage © joe fletcher

studio areaimage © joe fletcher

floor plan / level 0





project info:



architect: feldman architecturegeneral contractor: jp buildersgreen roof & landscape architecture: jori hookstructural engineer: yu strandberg engineeringgeotechnical engineer: miller pacific engineering group

  • beautiful.

    bonobo says:
  • What a happy place.

    Peter Scorer says:
  • what about some details of the roof?

    Leeya says:
  • very curious about the climate and location because of all the plants

    Charlie says:
  • Awesome site structure harmony! Thanks for sharing

    Wayne says:
  • Nice, but isn’t this a little impractical when and if, considering the awful changes in our climate, a forest fire comes ripping through? Good to live near a forest, but not IN IT!

    tomobiwan says:

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