Residence in Napa County

“An expansive site, with views of the Napa Valley and distant mountains, was the ideal setting for this house inspired by the rural vernacular of Tuscany and Provence, as well as the California farmsteads of such Bay Area architects as William Wurster.”

Roger Seifter, Project Partner

As if to suggest expansion and additions over time, the house is composed of a series of variously-sized stucco-faced and tile-roofed volumes arranged along an axis of circulation; the result is a relaxed composition that straddles its knoll while creating real and implied courtyards for a more human sense of scale against the majestic landscape.

Oakville Res, Location: Oakville CA, Architect: Robert AM Stern Architects. House on mountain overlooking Napa Valley

Outbuildings include a garage set apart from the main house by a walled garden and a rubble-stone-faced guest house by the pool. Both of these structures nestle into the hillside to open up views from the main house and to minimize the degree of building on the site.

Project Partner: Roger H. Seifter

Interior Design: Eugenia Jesberg Interior Design

Landscape Design: Olin Partnership

Photography: Peter Aaron / OTTO