Located in a nature preserve in the Santa Lucia Mountains, this home’s site of oak forests and steep meadows strongly constrained and inspired our design. In order to reduce the impact of our buildings, we sank them into the ground and planted the overhanging roofs with tall native grasses. We also divided up the house itself into a series of “pavilions” to lessen its overall mass. After passing through an entry grove, visitors can see distant views in-between and over the various building elements. As they are drawn into the widening view, they are led down from the tree-lined ridge to a large terrace that serves as an outdoor living room for the house.