Sea Ranch, Phase 1

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Location
Highway 1
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497
United States
38° 42' 53.5464" N, 123° 27' 23.562" W
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Identity of Building / Site
Primary classification: Residential (RES)
Secondary classification:
Federal, State, or Local Designation(s) and Date(s):
History of Building/Site
Original Brief:
Dates: Commission / Completion:Commission 1961(e), completion 1966(e) onwards
Architectural and other Designer(s): Lawrence Halprin & Associates, landscape architect Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker, architect-condominiums Joseph Esherick, architect-single-family residential
Others associated with Building/Site: Dick Reynolds, geographer and ecologist Matt Silva, builder
Significant Alteration(s) with Date(s):
Current Use: Private residential community
Current Condition: Excellent overall.
General Description:
Construction Period:
Original Physical Context:
Evaluation
Technical Evaluation:
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General Assessment:
The Sea Ranch Phase I represented a unique collaboration between developer, landscape architect/planner, and architects. The development goals were to build a vacation home community along 10 miles of the Pacific coast based on ecological principles of design and to live lightly on the land. What resulted was a unique symbiosis of architecture and the powerful natural landscape, instant national and international recognition, and a long list of environmental and architectural awards. The site planning and architecture were inspired by the existing sheep ranch structures, local vernacular architecture and the environmental factors of wind, solar patterns, and other natural aspects resulting from extensive ecological analysis. In 1991 the condominium was awarded the AIA 25-year award as a design of enduring significance that has withstood the test of time. The jury noted that Sea Ranch is profoundly conscious of the natural drama of its coastal site and has formed an alliance of architecture and nature that has inspired and captivated a generation of architects.
Documentation
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Authoring
Recorder/Date: DOCOMOMO US Northern California Chapter, February 1997
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