Prototype Cabin Construction underway at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch
La Honda, CA
Our studio’s work with the YMCA of San Francisco includes Camp Jones Gulch, a 927 acre property tucked into the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The camp provides year-round access for conferences, retreats, education programs, as well as family camps and children’s traditional summer camps. Our collaboration with the YMCA has involved a wide range of services from master planning and infrastructure assessment to renovations of existing historic buildings. Currently under construction at Camp, is a new cabin that will serve as a prototype for future cabins that will be replacing the aging housing stock. The cabin will be the first Net Zero project for the YMCA of San Francisco and will serve to highlight Camp’s commitment to sustainability.
Our studio’s design infuses the traditional typology of a cabin in the woods with current building systems and materials that maximize the functionality and longevity of the cabin. The cabin is built with Structurally Insulated Panels, creating an extremely efficient building envelope. Operable windows and a clerestory provide passive ventilation throughout the bunkhouse and attached bathroom. Exposed wooden trusses demonstrate the building’s structure. A portion of the roof wraps down to funnel rainwater into a rainwater harvesting system complete with hand pump and boot washing station. A large covered deck extends the useable space of the cabin to the exterior and a niche at the entryway provides concealed storage for muddy boots and raincoats. Together with educational signage, the cabin’s visible systems will act as a tool for learning and environmental stewardship.