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The Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch

Most of the houses at Sea Ranch are made of Redwood and they have gone to great lengths to make sure that the homes are spread out giving a reclusive and private feeling. While the homes are all on or very close to the coast this isn’t your Southern California surfing paradise. What I always really appreciated about Sea Ranch is that you can truly escape into the woods while still enjoying the comforts of being at home:

The Sea Ranch: one of the most inspiring places in the world

In 1964, Al Boeke, architect and Vice President for Community Planning, fell in love with the barren and grand Rancho Del Mar in California USA.

He wanted to develop a natural community and made a dream come true.

The Sea Ranch became one of the most inspiring places in the world full filling a regenerative country-life colony within a wildlife preserve.

Green building

The Sea Ranch is noted for its distinctive architecture, which consists of simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles. The buildings are designed to deal with prevailing weather and topography and could be considered as a hybrid of modern and vernacular architecture.

Halprin created the master plan for Sea Ranch, which grew to encompass 100 miles north of San Francisco.

The Sea Ranch links buildings and natural beauty into a perfect community with the aim of dynamic conservation or ‘living lightly on the land’. Each landscape element can be recognized because of it’s natural form and scale.

Circular architecture

The used building materials are pure, rough and simple.

  • Details such as exteriors of unpainted wood or muted stains, a lack of overhanging eaves, and baffles on exterior lighting subdue the appearance of the buildings in the landscape.
  • Lighting is also baffled to minimize nighttime light pollution; there are no street lights, and the night sky is dazzling.
  • The lack of roof overhangs is also intended to allow the near-constant strong breezes to pass over the buildings without the turbulence the overhangs would create.
  • A herd of sheep is used to keep grass cut low to the ground to reduce the threat of fire during the summer months.

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Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Mary Griffin, FAIA

San Francisco
P. 415 441 2300
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