Butterfly house is divided into three pavilions that are topped by expressive butterfly roofs, each pavilion with a separate function: the central pavilion houses the main living, dining, and cooking spaces, while two other pavilions provide for sleeping, bathing, and relaxing. The neutral palette of the house – concrete floors and walls, large glass openings, plywood ceilings, and steel structure – flows from indoors to outdoors. 

The central pavilion houses an elegant living space and formal dining area, with a sleek B&B Italia sofa creating an anchor for the space. The neutral grey palette is accentuated with bright greens, as a nod to the surrounding landscape and dramatic views. Large, dynamic architectural volumes are echoed by the dramatic shapes in the dining room pendant and tall backed chairs. 

A custom record player console acts as a room divider between the living and dining spaces while still welcoming an open flow between rooms. In the kitchen, a built-in banquet accommodate cozy morning coffee breaks. A bridge connecting the master bedroom and living space acts as an office space – a work nook connecting public and private spaces.

LOCATION Carmel, California

PHOTOGRAPHY  Joe Fletcher & Jason Liske

Concept  & Space Planning
Interior Architecture
Fixtures & Finishes
Furnishing Selection & Procurement
Documentation & Construction


AIA Monterey Bay – 2013 Design Awards Citation
The Chicago Athenaeum – 2015 American Architecture Award


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