The Sea Ranch

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A hundred miles north of San Francisco on California Coast Highway 1, the Sonoma County coast meets the Pacific Ocean in a magnificent display of nature. Waves crash upon the rocks or wash up on beautiful stretches of sandy beaches. This is the location of The Sea Ranch, an area covering several thousand acres of large, open meadows and forested natural settings interspersed with award-winning architecture. When the area, a sheep ranch well into the last century, was rediscovered for its beauty in the 1960s, it ...

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Overview

A hundred miles north of San Francisco on California Coast Highway 1, the Sonoma County coast meets the Pacific Ocean in a magnificent display of nature. Waves crash upon the rocks or wash up on beautiful stretches of sandy beaches. This is the location of The Sea Ranch, an area covering several thousand acres of large, open meadows and forested natural settings interspersed with award-winning architecture. When the area, a sheep ranch well into the last century, was rediscovered for its beauty in the 1960s, it came to be envisioned as a home community that harmonized with the environment.
Renowned landscape designer Lawrence Halprin's master plan for The Sea Ranch community accordingly incorporated a set of building guidelines that minimized the visual as well as physical impact upon the landscape. Subsequent buildings by architects such as Joseph Esherick, Charles Moore, William Turnbull, Obie Bowman, Donlyn Lyndon, and others have been recognized worldwide for environmentally sensitive planning and architecture. They sparked a generation of imitators that became part of what is known as "The Sea Ranch style," epitomizing what many people imagine when they think of Northern Californian architecture.
This beautiful monograph, lavishly illustrated with over 300 newly commissioned photographs and including maps, plans, detailed descriptions of the houses, and essays by Donald Canty and Lawrence Halprin, presents the definitive record of The Sea Ranch community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568983868
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 438,360
  • Product dimensions: 11.50 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Donlyn Lyndon was one of the founding partners of MLTW. Lyndon has been recognized as one of the foremost educators in the country, receiving the Topaz Award in 1997 from the AIA. He is now the Eva Li Professor of Architecture at the University of Californ

Jim Alinder is a world-renown fine art photographer who worked with Ansel Adams and whose images are in many museums, including New York and San Francisco's Museums of Modern Art.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 8
The Sea Ranch: Dimensions of Experience 12
The Founding Vision 18
Origins, Evolutions, and Ironies 22
Courting the Wind, the Land, and the Sun: The First Buildings 34
Living Lightly with the Land: Managing the Landscape 72
Seeking a Larger Order: Compounds and Clusters 80
Houses that Suit their Place 140
Houses that Connect 144
Houses that Settle 184
Houses that Enfold 226
Houses that Inhabit 254
The Halprin Place: Forty Years on Site 286
Designing for Place at The Sea Ranch 294
Project Credits/Awards 298
Selected Bibliography 301
Index 302
Contributors 304
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