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Sawmill Canyon Residence

A charming and technological retreat in the desert

Olson Kundig Architects

Stretching between the Central and Antelope Valleys, the southern end of the Sierra Nevada lies to the northeast of Los Angeles, and has peaks rising to 1,200 m. Strong dry winds make for a harsh desert climate, with bitterly cold winters and scorching summers, when wildfires are an endemic risk. These extreme environmental and climatic conditions were the baseline for practice Olson Kundig’s design of this self-sufficient, low environmental-impact Sawmill Canyon vacation home. The input of clients Bruce and Carol was key. A gift for their children and future generations, the building was also intended as a way of remediating the effects on the landscape of years of mining, intensive farming and deforestation. Once long-term inhabitants of the nearby town of Tehachapi, the couple now saw a retreat as a means of allowing their grown children and their families to return and...

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