Honorable Mention: Architecture: Residential


Honorable Mention: Architecture: Residential

Aidlin Darling Design

Situated on a sloping site in the Santa Lucia Preserve, an ecological preserve in Carmel Valley, this house is both responsive and respectful towards its environment in a community that emphasizes living in harmony with nature. The eastern side of the house burrows into the hillside while the west cantilevers dramatically over the falling topography below. Monolithic walls of board-form concrete and integrally colored plaster anchor the home to the site, while glass and natural materials such as cedar siding, walnut flooring and ipe decks provide a sense of lightness, serenity, and connectivity to the landscape. The unique shape of the roof is derived from both performance and context. From the exterior, the roof appears to be a simple shed roof. From the interior, however, the bottom of the roof is sculpted in response to the sun and to the quality and scale of interior spaces.

Key Team Members

Architects, Aidlin Darling Design
Principals, Joshua Aidlin, David Darling
Adrienne Swiatocha , Project Architect
Peter Larsen, Kent Chiang, Project Team
Carroll & Strong Builders, Inc., General Contractor
McBride Designs, Interior Designer
Bestor Engineers, Inc, Civil Engineer
Soil Surveys, Inc., Geotechnical Engineer
Daedalus Structural Engineering, Structural Engineer
Bernard Trainor + Associates, Landscape Architect
Eric Johnson Associates, Inc., Lighting Designer
Metro Eighteen, Low Voltage
Maureen Hamb Consulting Arborist, Arborist
Studio Becker, Kitchen Supplier

About the organization

Aidlin Darling Design bridges the demands of artistic endeavor, environmental responsibility, functional pragmatics, and financial considerations. As a multidisciplinary firm, we believe that innovations discovered through the process of design and construction can be applied to projects of any scale, use, or purpose.

Partners Joshua Aidlin and David Darling have cultivated a team that strives to deliver the highest level of project management, service, and design. Our approach is client and site specific, and questions conventional assumptions. A collaborative process with clients, consultants, fabricators, and builders allows an open and impassioned exploration and enables a clear understanding of appropriate solutions. In each project, we seek to uncover an inherent spirit of place and interpret constraints as catalysts for performative design. The individual character of each project emerges through poetic spatial relationships, material richness, and exacting detail.

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