This internationally published organic architectural monument is built in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright by architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg. Wingsweep has achieved national recognition and the kind of mystique reserved for only a select modern masterpiece. Wingsweep was named the top new architectural feet in the whole decade of 1990 (its first year of eligibility) and was subsequently named one of the top ten homes in America in the magazine’s annual ratings. Located in the midst of the Temecula, California on the outskirts of Los Angeles and San Diego, Wingsweep is a startling oasis of rolling hills framed by glistening brooks and ponds, mature trees and lush gardens, all shaped into the kind of spectacular terrain one would expect to find in Northern California hide-away. In quality of life, natural beauty and its extraordinary craftsmanship, Wingsweep is recognized as a modern masterpiece. Wingsweep is a place where guests and visitors can be treated to the soothing and exciting dance of color only nature can offer. The Complex will have different trees, different flowers and an entirely different theatrical presentation with each of the four seasons. Specialized natural light engineering make it possible to light every flower.
The 52 acre ranch retreat is just 2 hours from Downtown Los Angeles. The remarkable handcrafted residence is Piranesian in scale, but not ostentatious due to its careful sitting among the rolling hills, pastures, oak groves and massive rock outcroppings. The property is located just beyond the famous Temecula Wine District at Oak Ridge Ranches. With its blue line stream, pond, stables, professional greenhouse, outbuildings, pool, and world class main residence consisting of 5 bedrooms 7 baths and grand indoor-outdoor entertaining areas, this property affords at once one of the most bucolic yet sophisticated homes in the Country from which to rule your empire.
This house was intended to be a ranch house for a llama farm. The house sits on about 52 acres of land, 35 of which are llama pastures. At one point, the ranch was the biggest llama operation in California, with 70 llamas. Inside, the gathering room contains no vertical walls but an acrylic skylight and Douglas fir ceiling. A massive stone fireplace dominates the space, and a window looks out onto a fountain. The coffee tables in the living room are covered in sharkskin. It took three years to build this house, a job requiring 80 artisans and workers. Michael Miller guesses that there are 8 million rocks in the home’s structure.
Wingsweep Main Facility has 6,600 square feet of living area including a master suite and 3 guest suites. Separate, but attached maid’s quarts has one bedroom and full kitchen and commercial sized greenhouse. Wingsweep was featured on HGTV episode EXT-611.
Organic architect Kendrick Bangs-Kellogg designed a home that would blend with its elevated environment. The roof is made of willow green Chinese slate. The fascias are contained in acid-treated copper, and rocks from surrounding mountains make up most of the house’s walls. Rough-hewn telephone poles give the structure most of its stability. Glass is also a major element in the house’s design. A pool sits where a driveway for most houses might, so parking is hidden and accessible though a ramped tunnel.
Situated in the hills of Temecula near Lake Skinner, This Kendrick Bangs Kellogg designed facility is a curvilinear, wing-like structure nesting like a bird amongst the sloping and curved rock walls, gracefully set into the landscape and crowned with a continuous skylight which runs the length of the main facility. As one drives through the front gate and over the bridge spanning the lake the rock fireplace arches up out of the landscape, capturing one’s immediate attention. The dramatic sweep of the fireplace serves as a fulcrum, centering the house and bringing the three wings together as a balanced whole.
Today Wingsweep is used by divisions of UNICOM Global as a corporate retreat and training facililty, providing a relaxing setting in the wine country of Temecula.