Camp Baird | Off-Grid Retreat by Malcolm Davis Architecture

Camp Baird is an off-grid retreat situated on a 165-acre (66.7-hectare) lot in Healdsburg, a city in Sonoma County, in California’s Wine Country. Designed by Malcolm Davis Architecture in 2016, the 1,550-sqft (144-sqm) compound is consists of the main pool house and a car barn.

The idea was to enclose the structure as little as possible to maintain the sense of a camp, a building completely focused on the outdoors. The client’s original inspiration images included tents pitched on a deck and a possible prefabricated structure. The images and informal flexible program struck a chord with Davis’s Northern California Regionalist background. Louis Mumford defined the style as “a native and humane form of modernism… a free yet unobtrusive expression of the terrain, the climate and the way of life” on the coast and in the coastal valleys of Northern California.

— Malcolm Davis Architecture



Photographs by Joe Fletcher
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