Glass House in Napa Wine Country by Johnson Fain

This 4,200 square foot single story home is located in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley region of California, designed by architecture studio Johnson Fain. The contemporary house sits on the upper portion of a 42-acre site accessed by a private road with a vineyard at the lower end of the site. The house has been designed as a weekend home and office for a couple, as well as a place for entertaining and overseeing a new winery venture. The design concept is a highly ordered series of rectilinear volumes clad in precisely finished steel panels. The house is designed to be an integrated part of its natural surroundings with elements such as a central living space composed of glass walls that provide a uniquely framed view out to the landscape beyond and slender steel columns which support exposed wood soffits, mirroring the many existing trees on the site.


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