BERGGRUEN HOUSE

1988 NAPA COUNTY, CA

From the start, this Napa Valley house was to be small and composed of individual pieces similar in scale to the existing buildings on the site (previously a compound for migrant workers). We began by restructuring the original form, a gable-roofed shack with rooms arranged “en filade.” This central building became the “cook house” off which we pulled the sleeping and work rooms. A series of outshoots and outbuildings extend the interior space and define a central “yard.” In its final form, the Berggruen house can be seen as an attempt to establish a basis for a normative architecture in the Napa Valley that is rooted in the strategies and materials of the agricultural vernacular of rural California.

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