A former boss of San Francisco architect Malcolm Davis once described houses as “a few rooms in case of rain,” emphasizing the connection of any structure to its surroundings. In 2015 Davis had the chance to put his mentor’s adage into practice when he designed an off-the-grid house for a nature-loving family on 165 acres in Healdsburg, California. With only three rooms, almost no furniture, and wood stoves for heat, “it’s kind of the sparest version of what a weekend house can be,” says Davis. Let’s take a look.
Photography by Joe Fletcher, courtesy of Malcolm Davis Architecture.
“I love exposing structure,” said Davis, “and telling the story of how something is built.”