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David Baker Architects completes a guest house with redwood sun shading panels in Healdsburg
United States Architecture News - May 22, 2019 - 01:56 6603 views
US architecture firm David Baker Architects has completed a new guest house distinguished with a breath-taking envelope that wraps the front facade of the building with slender redwood sun shading panels.
Named Harmon Guest House, the new building was added as part of the DBA’s h2hotel and Hotel Healdsburg to complete a trio of boutique eco-hotels adjacent to the square in Healdsburg, California.
The new guest house sits on a narrow lot just to the north of h2hotel, bringing an increased capacity for sustainable accommodations and a needed parking resource for the popular wine-country town.
At ground level, a dramatic glass entry lobby and green stair set the tone of openness and welcome. The transparent façadeis screened with redwood sun shading and vine trellises at thestreet level. A sheltered bus-stop waiting bench is built into the face of the hotel.
Harmon Guest House features 39 efficient rooms—including six suites—in intimate pods grouped at the front and rear of the site. Between, a central courtyard crossed by glassed-in bridges brings in light and air. To the rear, the hotel overlooks Foss Creek.
As part of its design and construction, the guest house is contributing to the further restoration of this riparian corridor. The property spans the creek, with a footbridgecrossing over to a creekside park with preserved and protectedtrees and native plantings.
Each guest room enjoys private outdoor space by way of a balcony or patio plus a view out toward either the main street and town square or the swimming pool and creek-side park behind. The common spaces and comfortable rooms feature a mix of classic and new furnishings and are warmed by simple, sophisticated local textiles and art.
The fourth-level restaurant offers the only rooftop bar in town that is open to the public. Adjacent to this social space, Merritt Hall—an event room named to honor hotel’s late developer Merritt Sher—is a flexible indoor-outdoor space suited for meetings, banquets, wine tastings, and more.
Aerial of the new design in its Healdsburg context
Ground floor plan
Second level plan
Upper level plan
Standard room plan
Section in east-west direction
Developer/Owner: Piazza Hospitality
Architect: David Baker Architects
Interior Architect: David Baker Architects
Landscape: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden
MEP Engineer: Emerald City Engineers
Civil Engineer: Summit Engineering
Location: Heraldsburg, California
All images © Bruce Damonte
All drawings © David Baker Architects
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