Project profile: Hidden Villa Youth Hostel & Summer Camp
Hidden Villa is an environmental education organization sited on a bucolic 1,650-acre farm and wilderness preserve in the coastal hills between San Francisco and San Jose. For the past 75 years, the organization has engaged visitors in innovative, hands-on outdoor education programs, including a demonstration organic farm, a summer camp, and a youth hostel since 1937 (the oldest hostel west of the Mississippi). The new hostel facility brings the playful, educative, community-oriented spirit of Hidden Villa to structures that harmonize with the site's agrarian precedent.
(2003 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects recipient)