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Sonoma Residence

House of Blocks

A contemporary home invites friends and family to connect with nature and each other.


A couple known for their urban hospitality asked JENSEN Architects to design a home where intimacy and nature set the mood. Although their ranch property stretches across rolling acres, the house sits discreetly among a knoll of oaks overlooking Sonoma valley. Mindful of these venerable trees and the rocky topography, JENSEN composed a contemporary home of bold volumes, stacked like blocks, each framing a distinct relationship to the landscape.

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Balancing Act

The blocks each hold a different wing of the house, while changes in material expression signal a shift from social to private experiences within. Board formed-concrete and glass compose the lower level, where a serene library sits apart from the home’s communal spaces. Above, the private suite, wrapped in zinc panels, cantilevers toward the valley, and the guest wing, finished in wood looks out to the pool and courtyard.

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Beyond Open

The social heart of the home is a space of dramatic openness: The glass wall literally slides away letting life flow into the terrace beyond. Here, the views and pool figure prominently, yet the terrace is much more. A lounge, dining room, kitchen and spa step down from the home in a series of intimate, open-air rooms.

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Home, Not Alone

Shared spaces and perspectives weave the wings together. A courtyard and roof decks nest between the blocks, while carefully situated windows open slight lines through and between. This layering of views and vistas throughout the house affords a sense of being inside and outside at the same time—and always connected to the whole.

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Project Leads
Mark Jensen
Dean Orr
Melissa DeLacy
Project Team
Alex Huang
Jonny Rohrbaugh
Vanessa Moon


Tipping Structural Engineers
Axiom Engineers
Summit Engineering
Hiram Banks
Audio Visual
Amplified Lifestyles
Rollo & Ridley
Surveyor, Civil
Hogan Land Services
Jay Jeffers
Owner’s Representative
Whiteside Management
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