Skyline Residence

Santa Barbara, CA

The Contextural Contortionist: What if a home could realize great potential views and enhance its oceanside suburban context?

LOCATION:
Santa Barbara, CA

STATUS:
Completed 2016

SIZE:
2600 SF

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Fully utilizing the site, the main living areas sits on the top 3rd floor with panoramic Pacific Ocean views looking south and west. The bedrooms sit on the 2nd floor and the service areas like garage and laundry bury into the ground floor.

The main challenge was to “wedge” this home into a narrow complex shape of constraints and opportunities provided by the hillside site, zoning requirements and neighborhood context. These constraints resulted in a unique formal solution deploying a concrete and steel structural frame to maximize the formal responsiveness of the structure.

Due to the complexity of the form, the material palette for the home was limited to wood, cast concrete, steel and glass. The house has a central stair that cuts up through the home with a skylight above that allows daylight to penetrate the home and light it from within.

Environmentally, the home is cooled passively by ocean breezes, lit evenly during the day by daylight, and Ipe wood screens minimize sun load on the extensive view windows.

The benign climate encourages an indoor-outdoor living style and the home flows onto strategically placed outdoor patios for outdoor living. Every square foot of this small site is used as living area, whether indoors or out.

The client, an industrial designer with a young family, desired a thorough design process and a carefully detailed design. He came to SD knowing that our design values were in sync and this stunning home is the result of a very productive and satisfying client/architect relationship.

Project Information

Partners In Charge:
Robin Donaldson, AIA

Principals In Charge:
Sieglinde Pukke, AIA, LEED AP

Project Architects:
Robin Donaldson, AIA
Liz Hughes

Project Team:
Liz Hughes
Kimberly Briolini
Kevin Moore

Contractor:
Channel Island Construction

Photographer:
Jeremy Bittermann

SD is led by partners Russell Shubin, Robin Donaldson and Mark Hershman.

With offices in Culver City, Santa Barbara, and Orange County, California, projects are organized as a team effort, led and coordinated by an assigned project manager and project architect.

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