California Writers' Cabins

Four cabins for work and sleep are embedded in the landscape of northern California.

WOODSIDE – In California four cabins invite writers and artists to practice their craft in a wilderness of solitude as part of a artists residency program.

San Francisco-based CCS Architecture realized the structures for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Collected under a joint roof, yet maintaining visual and acoustical privacy, the 26-sq-m cabins overlook the picturesque mountain scenery of Santa Cruz.

Containing sustainable features like solar panels on top of the steel roof gained the building 100 points in the GreenPoint rating system of San Mateo County.

Intended to be inhabited by artists, especially writers, the residency program began in March and invites different participants to occupy the cabins each month. According to architect Cass Calder Smith, this concept fosters the creative process while creating ‘a micro-community for the writers within the ranch.’

The cabins are officially named ‘The Diane Middlebrook Memorial Writers’ Residence.’

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