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Californian harmony with environmental responsibility

Jessica Evans
05 Jun 2019

Designed by David Baker Architects for Piazza Hospitality, Harmon Guest House is the third of three boutique eco-hotels.

Located in the historic town square of Healdsburg, California, the intention for the design was to continue the owner’s commitment to environmental responsibility, similar to the other hotels - h2hotel and Hotel Healdsburg - by David Baker. A fourth project is now under construction in Sebastopol.

The hotel’s transparent façade is sheltered by redwood sun shading and vine trellises, and guest rooms are grouped into pods towards the front and rear of the site with a central courtyard crossed by glazed bridges to allow light in. Each of the 39 guest rooms have a private outdoor space, balcony or patio with a view of either the town square or the swimming pool and creek-side park beyond. The rooms also have a mix of classic and new furnishings, along with local textiles and art.

The guest house offers an out-of-sight garage that provides parking for up to 50 cars through valet-served lifts and accommodates for bicycles. The extra 11 parking spaces allow for some guests from the h2hotel and Hotel Healdsburg to park, reducing the need for public parking in town.

The property spans Foss Creek and has a footbridge that crosses over to the creekside park with preserved trees and native plantings.

The sheltered bus stop bench built into the face of the hotel along with a dramatic glass entry lobby creates an open and welcoming tone. The town’s only rooftop bar open to the public is situated on the fourth level, adjacent Merritt Hall, an event room named in honour of the hotel’s late developer Merritt Sher, is an indoor-outdoor space, flexible for meetings, wine tastings, banquets and more.

David Baker Architects is a progressive architecture firm located in San Francisco and Oakland that creates acclaimed buildings in urban environments.

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