Montara house maximizes sunlight on foggy days

Posted by on Sat, September 11, 2010

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Architecture site Inhabitat features a Montara house that it says is designed to maximize sunlight on the "foggy California coast". There are more pictures on the original site.

The foggy Northern California coastline can sometimes put a damper on your spirit, but given the a chance to inhabit a house like the Montara House, you’d be sure to find a pick-me-up no matter what the weather conditions. Located on the coast just south of San Francisco on a steep sloped site, the concrete home maximizes natural daylight inside the home and provides a comfortable and warm environment to escape the fog. And though designed by San Francisco-based Anderson Anderson Architecture, the resident family were actually the builders of this eco-home, which includes an impressive pv and solar water heating system.

Comment 1
Sat, September 11, 2010 3:32pm
Darin Boville
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It’s a lovely house but the text is odd. It says “To minimize costs and carbon footprint…”

This looks to be a large house. I’m guessing two people live there? A large house, no matter how many solar-this and eco-that, is still a large house with an unsustainable cost in resources.

A large, eco-friendly house is a contradiction in terms.

At least it’s a good looking contradiction… :)


Comment 2
Sat, September 11, 2010 4:48pm
Barry Parr
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Yeah, it’s kind of like this heartbreaking, dishonest ad from Nissan:

I guess it’s better than buying an Escalade, but you can’t buy enough cars to save the polar bears.

Comment 3
Sun, September 12, 2010 12:17pm
Tammy Lee
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Continuing the theme of the previous comments, I recall a political cartoon that made the point that the best environmentalist is a dead one.

And on a positive note - I am glad to see folks investing in building architecturally interesting homes on the coast.

Houses like this are to be celebrated. It is obvious that a great amount of thought, talent, care, and attention to detail was put into its design and execution.

Those making pointed comments on this thread will want to remind themselves of their responses here the next time a cheap builder monstrosity picked out of a book or ordered from a catalog goes up on the bluff top for all to see or in their neighborhood.

I for one applaud Anderson for their innovative home. Welcome to the community!

Comment 5
Sun, September 12, 2010 7:04pm
Barry Parr
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Fair point, David.

I’ve noticed this house while walking the dog and love it.  It’s a good example of how a modern house can be warm, and also appropriate to Montara.

At a recent Design Review Committee hearing, I witnessed an architect accusing opponents of his (cold, industrial) design of “not liking modern architecture.” That wasn’t the problem by a long shot.

This shames both ersatz traditional spec houses and lazy modernesque “machines for living”.

Comment 6
Mon, September 13, 2010 2:04pm
Kevin Barron
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More Carmel, less Pacifica…