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Small House in an Olive Grove

Cooper Joseph Studio

Geyserville, California
May 2012

Cooper Joseph Studio’s Small House in a California olive grove complements the lushness of the landscape with cool grays and minimalist interiors.

By Laura Raskin

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On a steep 25-acre site near Sonoma, California, two scientists harvest some of the bounty from their vegetable gardens, olive trees, and beehives to deliver to a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco. Although these locavores were already living in an existing house on the property, they became enamored of a writer’s cottage designed by Cooper Joseph Studio in Ghent, New York, and wanted a similar small house for a weekend retreat/office.

“From early on the concept was to nestle the house on the top of the hill in a way that the rooms spill down, to maximize the view,” says Chris Cooper, firm partner. The resulting three-story, 890-square-foot house made of poured-in-place concrete is organized around a central wall, which divides public and private spaces. A bedroom and bath are on the entry level. The lower level contains a living room, and a kitchen perches above it on the mezzanine. “From the interior, it’s really all about the exterior,” says Cooper.

Design Architect:
Cooper Joseph Studio
500 Park Ave, 16e
New York, NY  10022
T.212.935.3392
F.212.935.3731

May 2012
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