David Baker Architects

Harmon Guest House


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The Harmon Guest House rounds out a trio of refined inns that offer a range of distinctive retreats in the wine-country town of Healdsburg. This contextual new inn slips into the Healdsburg scene as a fresh surprise with an understated California vibe, yet seems as if it’s always naturally been there. Elevated yet accessible, the unfussy inn is attuned to an unfilled niche and the evolving needs of the popular town. Less formal than the luxe Hotel Healdsburg and not quite so energetic as the vibrant h2hotel, Harmon Guest House is a simply sophisticated spot celebrating natural materials and honoring the local and the handmade.

The three hotels, sisters in hospitality, have been developed and are run by the same team. In an ongoing creative collaboration, David Baker Architects has codesigned with Piazza Hospitality these three boutique hotels, all in Healdsburg, and is working with them to design a fourth, expanding to Sebastopol.

The new guest house sits on a narrow lot just to the north of h2hotel, not far from the town plaza, bringing more sustainable accommodations and a needed parking resource for the popular wine-country town.

At ground level, a dramatic glass entry lobby and green stair set the tone of openness and welcome. The transparent façade is screened with redwood sun shading and vine-covered cable trellises at the street level. A sheltered bus-stop waiting bench is built into the face of the hotel.

View of the courtyard and glass bridge. Image: David Baker Architects

The “modern organic” architecture of Harmon Guest House entices with a transparent lobby and a dramatic sunlit stair tower that lures people in and away from the elevator. The building highlights and celebrates natural and durable materials throughout, showcasing their beauty without need for adornment—the striking polished concrete lobby floor, textured concrete walls, rich weathering steel, and reclaimed redwood sun-shading that provides a stunning exterior texture. The check-in desk is crafted from one giant fallen eucalyptus tree. Glassy bridges and seating nooks with leafy views throughout the hotel continue the natural, open feel.

For this thoughtfully curated hotel, Piazza and DBA undertook a series of collaborations with artisans and suppliers to support local makers and create an environment that truly reflects its place. There is nothing cookie-cutter here, the inn is completely bespoke to its site and its goals.

Harmon Guest House features 39 efficient rooms—including six suites—in intimate pods grouped at the front and rear of the site. Between, a central courtyard brings in light and air, and glassed-in bridges connect the rooms across the court.

To the rear, the hotel overlooks Foss Creek. As part of its design and construction, the guest house is contributing to the further restoration of this riparian corridor. The property spans the creek, with a footbridge crossing over to a creekside park with preserved and protected trees and native plantings.

Each guest room enjoys private outdoor space by way of a balcony or patio, and each has a view out toward either the main street and town square or the swimming pool and creek-side park behind.

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The upper level of the community-oriented hotel features an indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge overlooking the neighboring h2hotel's waving green roof and a bright meeting room facing Healdsburg Avenue.

Guest parking is provided via valet-served parking lifts in a super-efficient, out-of-sight garage entered from Healdsburg Avenue. The garage also accommodates a fleet of shared bicycles as well as secure bicycle parking for guests.

The fractured eucalytus roof top bar. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Founder's Suite. Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Founder's Suite. Image: Angie Silvy Photography

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The Standard Room looking toward the deck. Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Computer visualization of a Standard Room looking out towards the deck. Image: David Baker Architects

The Standard Room with sliding Shoji privacy screen.

Standard Room plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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The DBA designed and fabricated Harmon bench. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Roof plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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Upper level plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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Site plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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Section in east-west direction. Image: DBA

Skylight parking machine. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Aerial of the new design in its Healdsburg context. Image: David Baker Architects

Harmon House is LEED Gold Certified.

Harmon House is LEED Gold Certified.

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Skylight parking machine. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

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Image: Bruce Damonte

The DBA designed and fabricated Harmon bench. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

View of the courtyard and glass bridge. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The fractured eucalytus roof top bar. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Image: Bruce Damonte

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Image: Angie Silvy Photography

The lobby's textured-concrete walls set off “Double Yellow”, a mixed-media sculpture by Napa-based artist Sabine Reckewell. Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Founder's Suite. Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Founder's Suite. Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Founder's Suite. Image: Angie Silvy Photography

The Standard Room looking toward the deck. Image: Angie Silvy Photography

Image: Angie Silvy Photography

The Standard Room with sliding Shoji privacy screen.

Aerial of the new design in its Healdsburg context. Image: David Baker Architects

Roof plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Site plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Upper level plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Site plan.

Section in east-west direction. Image: DBA

Standard Room plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Computer visualization of a Standard Room looking out towards the deck. Image: David Baker Architects

Lobby concept sketch. Image: David Baker Architects

Looking south on Healdsburg Avenue with the h2hotel in the background. Image: David Baker Architects

Entry with built-in bus shelter. Image: David Baker Architects

Looking north on Healdsburg Avenue with the h2hotel in the foreground. Image: DBA

Healdsburg Avenue elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

2016.11 The first level textured concrete walls are complete. Image: David Baker Architects

awards

Best Boutique Collaboration
BLLA Boutique and Lifestyle Hospitality Awards
Top Real Estate Project Award
North Bay Business Journal

project details

Category

All Projects, Hotels, LEED

​Location

Healdsburg, California

Architect

David Baker Architects

Interior Architecture

David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects

Structural Engineer

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer

Emerald City Engineers

Contractor

Midstate Construction

Civil Engineer

Summit Engineering

Art Consultant

Svea Lin Soll

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project data
Harmon Guest House 21209
227 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, California
September 2018
number of guest rooms
total 39
standard 30
double 3
suites 6
density ratios
project sf 39,876
site sf 13,868
acres 0.32
total bedrooms 39
parking
total 50
type valet + lifts
bicycle 50
construction
type III-A over Type I-A
certification
LEED Gold Certified