Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Seaside Experiment-Utopia By The Sea

As chronicled in the New York Times:
"Set on a mystical 10-mile stretch of California coast, Sea Ranch assimilates with the elements rather than confronting them. In the early 1960s, an A-list group of architects forged this idealistic second-home community that's achieved cult status among architecture mavens today."
A quarter century after Sea Ranch in Sonoma County was built, four of its principal architects posed in front of Condominium One, the first of many groundbreaking structures at Sea Ranch. Charles Moore is seated in the foreground, and standing from left are Richard Whitaker, Donlyn Lyndon and William Turnbull.
The view from inside Unit 9, Mr. Moore's own home in Condominium One, widely considered to be one of the most influential buildings of the 1960s. He called Sea Ranch his "Mother Earth."
The possibility for both discovery and community undergirds Sea Ranch, an early example of ecological planning. The founding ideal, shaped by the all-star cast of architects, was that the land should be shared rather than subdivided. Above, a community garden.

Another example of how thoughtful design makes a difference.

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