Feldman Architecture was asked to design two pavilions that had to blend in with the luxuriant garden. The result: the Atherton Pavilions. Identical in morphology, but different in function. One is used as a luxurious outdoor kitchen/dining area, while the other is a place to meditate or work out. With their modern, discreet design, the structures become one with the surrounding landscape.
The American architectural firm Feldman Architecture is known worldwide for its impressive, innovative designs. This project is a recent addition to their portfolio. The property is located in sunny California, where the clients purchased their contemporary villa some time ago. To make room for their growing family, the garage and upper floor had already been expanded. The lush garden, on the other hand, had not yet reached its full potential. This is where Feldman Architecture stepped in. The clients requested two functional and aesthetic constructions that would merge with the natural surroundings, consisting of sequoias and other impressive trees. To meet these requirements, the architectural firm worked closely with a landscape consultant. This is how the Atherton Pavilions came into being.
The garden has become an aesthetic total package, thanks to the two buildings.
The two accessory structures have the same height, materials, and colour palette. They are connected by an organic pool of water, which is covered with large stone steps and wooden planks. Because they are constructed on a concrete foundation, they seem to float above the surrounding nature. The facades of the pavilions are enclosed with Alaska Yellow Cedar slats. The owners opted for this with the intention that the materials would age, so that the structures would fit in even better with their green surroundings. In addition, the wooden facades have two contrasting functions: on the one hand, they provide privacy in the exercise and meditation pavilion, and on the other, they create a sense of openness in the kitchen pavilion.
The kitchen pavilion functions as an extension of the already existing swimming pool and the lounge area. The cosy dinner area is provided with a pizza oven, grill, and a large storage space. A little further into the garden the exercise- and meditation pavilion shimmers, this is where the clients can retreat for yoga, meditation and sports. Thanks to the two buildings, the garden was transformed into an aesthetic full package. The Atherton Pavilions were thus a well-thought-out project, in which the architects took up the challenge of blending modern constructions with a natural environment. We think they have greatly succeeded in their intentions. We will certainly keep an eye on Feldman Architecture for other prestigious projects in the future.
Photography by Adam Rouse