skidmoreowingsmerrill: An Architect’s Home The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.” Photos © Richard Waite

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />

skidmoreowingsmerrill:<br />An Architect’s Home<br />The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”<br />Photos © Richard Waite<br />


skidmoreowingsmerrill:
An Architect’s Home
The warm refuge of this California home stands in stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Carmel Highlands. In the autumn of 1952, Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of SOM, scrambled up a stretch of the Big Sur coastline with Margaret Wentworth. They found respite on an idyllic slice of land, where they picnicked and resolved to make the place their home after they married. A year later, they returned to build “Wild Bird” on this very perch out of concrete and reclaimed redwood. As Owings later said in an interview with Time magazine, “No house can do more than snuggle into and grab hold of and hold on to a sheer bit of granite on this coast.” Working with architect Mark Mills, they set the A-frame structure into the cliffside and surrounded it with cantilevered balconies to take in the Big Sur landscape. Owings, who was born on this day in 1903, would spend much of his life in the coastal residence. As he told the magazine, “This is a onetime house for the rest of the time we expect to be here on earth.”
Photos © Richard Waite