Field Architecture collaborates with Shawback Design to create a contemporary weekend retreat for a growing family in Napa Valley.

When a tech couple were looking to take a step back from city life to start their own family, they turned to Napa–based interior design and real estate production firm Shawback Design to help them create the weekend home of their dreams. The two had worked with the company on three previous projects, and together, they were able to uncover a small vineyard in St. Helena which would soon become the ideal setting for their retreat. 

Once the location had been secured, the father-son duo of Palo Alto–based Field Architecture were brought on board to design the modern residence. 

Nestled between sprawling trees, the property sits on the valley floor, leaving a courtyard space with a pool in the center.

Nestled between sprawling trees, the property sits on the valley floor, leaving a courtyard space with a pool in the center. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

The Fields—Stan had studied under iconic midcentury architect Louis Kahn, and his son, Jess, grew up drawing under his father’s drafting table—begin each of their projects with a reading of the land. They call the unconventional process a “Groundscape.” 

“We see architecture as part of a conversation with nature that allows humans to return to being “a part” of nature, as opposed to “apart” from it,” the architects explain. 

The gable-ended structures reference the agrarian history of the site. Each roof is supported by dark timber and steel trusses, inspired by the property’s existing hay barn.

The gable-ended structures reference the agrarian history of the site. Each roof is supported by dark timber and steel trusses, inspired by the property’s existing hay barn. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

As a result, the team has effortlessly merged modern design into the vernacular to create the unique weekend home known as Zinfandel. Scroll ahead for a peek inside.

A look at the dramatic slice in the roof, which provides an exciting intersection between modernism and the vernacular design.

A look at the dramatic slice in the roof, which provides an exciting intersection between modernism and the vernacular design. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Barn-Inspired, Modern Retreat Is Knitted Into Napa Valley

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