Project Features

March 26, 2018

Featured: Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects

“Synonymous with modern wine-country style” is how Architectural Digest describes the work of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects.

Looking at these images of our Westlake project’s dining trellis and aerial view, you can definitely spot the AD 100 firm’s signature style: earthy materials, sunbaked palettes, free-flowing floor plans that maximize light and exposure to natural surroundings.

Westlake Residence, built by Sebastian, recovered materials

The dining trellis at the Westlake Residence.

Westlake, the tiny town of 1000 residents, was named the most affluent neighborhood in the country by Forbes. It’s no surprise: Westlake pairs lush country living with proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth amenities. Residents report seeing longhorns, bison, hawks and coyotes regularly. In short, it’s the perfect canvas for Backen, Gillam & Kroeger.

(One of the many interesting features of the Westlake Residence – built by Sebastian – is its use of recovered and salvaged materials: a barn made with wood from a dismantled Idaho lumber mill and horse troughs cut from one thousand year old logs. See more here.)

Backen, Gillam & Kroeger’s experience in specialty building types covers a broad spectrum, including private residences, resorts, restaurants and wineries. In the 20 years since its opening, the firm has designed over 50 upscale homes, 40 wineries, seven major resorts, 20 restaurants, a new line of retail stores for RH (Restoration Hardware) and Williams Sonoma Home, an equestrian center, The Napa Valley Reserve, and the Performing Arts Center for St. Helena, Calif. Many of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger’s projects are complex, multi-use properties, and all are built to the firm’s carefully designed master plans.

Headquartered in Sausalito, CA, just outside San Francisco, the firm has been featured as one of the top 100 Architects in Architectural Digest (2007-2016) and one of the top 30 in the Robb Report. (See Robb Report’s feature on “Napa’s legendary LOKOYA WINERY, where the visionary team at Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects renovated a half-century-old European-style castle with an eye toward expressing the original stone and concrete structure through a contemporary design approach.”)

In 1992, firm founder and principal, Howard J. Backen was awarded a Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor in the profession and served as a juror for the California AIA awards in 2001.