Bahia Meadows

The Bahia Meadows complex features 30 accessible, low energy senior dwellings and a range of community spaces. The dwellings themselves are inspired by the wooden, turf-roofed structures of the Coast Miwok people, whose territories once stretched from Marin County up to Bodega Bay.  In this environmentally sensitive area, grass roofs promote biodiversity by replacing the ground displaced by the housing.

On each suburban-sized parcel, groups of up to three south-oriented dwellings, some duplexes, are placed side by side.  Slight variations in the homes’ orientation prevent monotony and create unique spaces.  This planning strategy proposes a denser suburb - one that encourages social interaction between residents while allowing for their privacy.  Grouping the homes within a compact footprint reduces environmental impacts and integrates passive solar energy.  The floor plans and sections are carefully designed to balance natural light, heat gain and loss, access and views.  Wood decks on the east facing ends of each home offer sweeping views over the protected river estuary and the San Pablo Bay.


  • Competition Entry

  • Novato, CA

  • 20,000 sq ft


  • 2010 Honorable Mention

  • TEAM

  • Jeffrey Allsbrook, Silvia Kuhle, Alexis Carver, Alex Babich, Brandon Bown, Sylwia Pasciak

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