Private Zen Spa and Observatory

2007 | Sonoma, CA

  • Private Zen Spa and Observatory Spa Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Private Zen Spa and Observatory Spa Entrance Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Private Zen Spa and Observatory Observatory Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Private Zen Spa and Observatory Observatory with View of Spa & Lap Pool Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Private Zen Spa and Observatory Observatory with View of Lap Pool Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Private Zen Spa and Observatory Observatory Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Private Zen Spa and Observatory Observatory Photo: Tim Griffith

STUDIOS designed a Zen spa retreat and observatory adjacent to the owners’ primary residence. The astronomical observatory houses a robotically controlled 20-inch telescope and an extensive private library. Clad in corten steel panels, the structure sits in a reflecting pool and is axially sited between an allee of old olive trees. A structural corten steel stairway provides access to the telescope and dome.

Sited among 250-year-old oak trees, the 4,000 square-foot concrete, stone and corten steel Zen spa building includes a living/dining area with fireplace, and wet spa areas. Images from the observatory’s telescope, the Hubble catalog and other sources are displayed on a large rear projection screen in the home theater.

Awards

  • 2009

    ASLA Honor Award


Articles

  • High-Tech, High Life

    La Vie, Taiwan

  • A Piece of Eden

    Metropolis

  • Ground Control

    San Francisco Magazine