Nestled below the San Gabriel Mountains, in the San Fernando Valley,
this residential concept, with a very small footprint, was created for a retired couple looking to downsize, as well as, grow a crop of fruit trees to supplement their income. On a site divided by a creek bed, the structure became not only a home, but a way to divert rain water for irrigation, in a very dry climate. During the rainy season, the roof acts as a ‘funnel’ creating a water feature that can be enjoyed upon entering the home.
In order to sustain the crops throughout the summer, this ‘rainwater runoff’ is captured in a tank below the house, resulting in ripe and ready figs and avocados just in time for Farmer’s Market.