Set within Napa County, Petal House gets its name from the shape of its roof, which blooms out over its outdoor terraced areas. Brooks approached architecture like biology – as a study in the structural make-up of a building.
‘The greatest influences on an eventual architectural form happen in the earliest moments of that structure’s conception process,’ he wrote in The Evolution of an Architecture. ‘Not only the establishment of its “theme”, but the parameters which limit the arrangements of its part. These early moments of the design process are, in every sense of the word, “genetic”.’
Built in 1960, the three-bedroom property – on the market for $1.698 million – was recently restored by Jørgensen Design. ‘The house was falling down when we purchased it,’ says Brandon Jørgensen. ‘We took four painstakingly long years to rehabilitate and update it.’
Petal House sits on a plot of almost an acre, landscaped by Jørgensen Design. The building’s interiors feature plaster vaulted ceilings, redwood panelling and heated concrete floors.
The bedrooms and living space open onto the outdoors, where there’s a football pitch, alfresco kitchen and boules court to help residents make the most of the California sunshine. Fruit and olive trees surround the building.
Brooks became known for his nature-inspired designs in a career spanning 50 years, including his ‘earth-sheltered’ and ‘crystaline’ structures.
His Petal House is available to buy via Sotheby’s Realty.