ISSUE 25  |  Bath & Spa Style

A Sybarite’s Retreat: Sonoma Spa by Aidlin Darling Design

June 18, 2012 9:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Nirvana in Sonoma: a spa pavilion for yoga, swimming, steam-bathing, and outdoor dining, designed by SF-based Aidlin Darling Design. The structure is cut into the landscape by two curved earthen walls and overlooks the rolling hills of Sonoma, providing a zen-like retreat from the main rammed-earth house.

Photography via Aidlin Darling Design.

Above: A spiral stair leads to the spa pavilion.

Above: Minimalist simplicity in the Sonoma mountains.

Above: The spa pavilion opens to the landscape and takes advantage of the temperate climate.

Above: A trellis provides shade from the California sun and frames distant views of San Francisco to the south.

Above: Year-round, plein-air yoga, only in California.

Above: The swimming pool overlooks the rolling hills of Sonoma.

Above: The pool in black and white.

Above: The steam room in action.