six oaks


Felton, California


created deep within a wooded site, six oaks strives for a functional, monetary, material, and poetic ‘essentialism’ - so as to create nothing extraneous and make opportunity of every element, both natural and manmade. with recycled shipping containers as a key component of the sustainable approach, the design and concept interweave mass and light, exposure and privacy, technological advancements and rustic craftsmanship, into a modern and simple home that speaks to the raw nature of the site and its history as an old railroad travel way.


approachable at every turn, the form and materials reflect their surroundings and speak truly while also creating new spaces from their connection to the site


board formed concrete foundation walls create a "shower tower" and gateway that takes advantage of each spatial component, juxtaposing bridge and  tunnel, sky and ground, experience within the property


the stacking and arrangement allows for the home to maximize the introduction of daylight and views into the interior spaces, provide free airflow movement across the floor during warmer days, and pull warmed air to the boundary from the central fireplace on the coolest of days.


the filtered sunlight is carried through to the sky level containers to the earth level past a metal grate floor which bridges the four foot module and allows the skylights to mirror the sunlight filtering through the trees, within the home itself


every aspect of the  home, including the bed, kitchen, stairwell, bridge, and outdoor enclosure areas double as livable and intertwined spaces filtered and crafted from the trees, light, and intimate surroundings so as to become opportunities to learn, play, live, and dream within.