Tramonto is a contemporary single-family home that integrates the natural beauty of the adjacent state park and ocean views. The placement of the home overlooks the canyon, the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains, and the California coastline. The diffusion of the built form defines the approach for this 17,000 sqft single-family residence (14,500 sqft main house and 2,500 sqft accessory building) into the surrounding landscape. The two-acre site embraces the steep topography, contending with the context to inform the building’s siting and orientation. The project is terraced into the natural contours of the hillside, breaking up the overall building mass while using its sub-grade structure to reinforce the hillside. The book provides a look into the 17,000 sqft home and its indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Emphasis on significant custom elements highlights the detail-oriented approach that can be found throughout the entirety of the home. From the initial conceptualization of the exterior form to the construction process and key moments, this book presents the visual story of the home’s integration into the Southern California landscape. Tramonto embodies a truly contemporary Southern California attitude, the essential principles of indoor/outdoor living afforded by embracing the temperate region and the natural beauty of the coastal landscape.

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Live + Work is a visually immersive monograph of the work of Shubin and Donaldson Architects, whose creative commercial spaces and high-end residential projects draw on the complex vernaculars of Southern California’s cultures and traditions. Organized around the organic process of practice, the complex genealogy of projects, and the flow of influence, this monograph examines the contemporary conditions by which we live and work, and how those terms are increasingly blended. Visuals of the select projects are supplemented with drawings, sketches, diagrams, interviews, and essays by Thom Mayne and Joseph Giovannini.

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2022 Architectural Digest Carla Ridge Residence
2022 The Riv Confidential Technology Company
2022 LUXE Magazine San Remo Residence
2021 Santa Barbara Magazine Robin Donaldson Profile
2019 Residential Design Magazine Tramonto Residence
2019 Interior Design Magazine Tramonto Residence
2018 Interiors Magazine Wakecrest Residence
2017 Architectural Record Skyline Residence
2016 The Robb Report - Home & Style The Beverly Hills Residence
2016 The Real Deal Mayumi
2015 Seaside Living: 50 Remarkable Houses The Riviera Residence
2014 CSQ Firm Profile
2014 Abrayas Lifestyle Bentley Residence
2013 Western Art & Architecture Toro Canyon Residence
2013 Remodelista Biscuit Filmworks
2012 A’ Design Award & Competition; Designer Press; London Tramonto Residence
2012 Palisadian-Post Real Estate Tramonto Residence
2012 Detail in Contempary Concrete Architecture; Laurence King Publishing; London Toro Canyon Residence
2011 Santa Barbara Magazine Toro Canyon Residence
2011 LUXE Magazine Russell Shubin, Profile
2010 Western Art & Architecture Riviera Residence
2010 Contract “Essay: On the Future/Technology Trends” Robin Donaldson, Contributor
2010 Collection: Offices; Braun; Germany Brand New School Hydraulx
2010 Atlas of World Interior Design; Braun; Germany Saatchi + Saatchi
2010 Best Selection of Shanglin; Azur, Hong Kong Linda Flora
2010 Western Art & Architecture SB Artist Studio
2009 Ecological Architecture; Braun; Germany The Riviera Residence
2009 Collection: U.S. Architecture; Braun; Germany Montecito Residence, Riviera Residence
2009 A Pocketful of Beach Houses; Images Publishing Group, Australia Urban Spa
2009 Masterpieces: Office Architecture + Design; Braun; Germany Saatchi + Saatchi, Ogilvy, Hydraulx
2009 M3 360˚ Modern Architecture II; Sandu Publishing; China Santa Barbara Artists, Riviera Residence
2009 Santa Barbara Homeowner Riviera Residence
2009 M2 360˚ Interior Design II; Sandu Publishing; China Saatchi + Saatchi, Wong Doody, David and Goliath
2008 Case di Campagna Montecito Residence
2008 100% Office Saatchi + Saatchi
2008 1000x Architecture of the Americas; Verlagshaus Braun; Germany Hydraulx
2008 Santa Barbara Homeowners Santa Barbara Artists
2008 100% Office Ogilvy & Mather
2008 Dream Homes Los Angeles; Panache Firm Profile
2008 Renovating for Working; Loft Publications, Barcelona, Spain Wong Doody, Brand New School
2008 Pool Design; Daab, Germany Hope Ranch Pool
2008 Robb Report Collection The Riviera Residence
2008 Angeleno Magazine Robin Donaldson Profile
2007 Angeleno Magazine Glass House
2007 Alaska Airlines Magazine Montecito Residence
2007 American Spaces; Images Publishing Group, Australia Interpublic Emerging Media Lab, Brand New School
2007 The New 100 Houses x 100 Architects; Images Publishing Group, Australia The Riviera Residence
2007 LA Architect Interpublic Emerging Media Lab
2007 Contract David & Goliath
2007 Interior Architecture Now; Laurence King Publishing Ltd., U.K. Firm Profile + Commercial Projects
2007 Residential Designs for the 21st Century; Firefly Books Ltd, New York Urban Spa
2007 LA Architect Carbon Beach House
2006 25 Houses Under 3000 Square Feet; Collins Design Malibu Beach House
2006 2000 Architects; Images Publishing Group; Australia Firm Profile
2006 LA Architect Ground Zero
2006 Beach Houses; Feierabend Verlag (Germany) Malibu Beach House
2006 Outdoor Rooms II; by Anne Dickhoff; Quarry Books Carpinteria Guest House, Urban Spa, Firm Profile
2006 A Pocketful of Houses; Images Publishing Group, Australia Hope Ranch Residence, Montecito Residence
2006 25 Espaces de Bureaux; AMC LeMoniteur (France) Ogilvy & Mather
2005 LA Architect Team 1
2005 50+ Great Bathrooms By Architects; Images Publishing Group, Australia Urban Spa, Hope Ranch Residence, Anita Way Residence
2005 50 Great Kitchens By Architects; Images Publishing Group, Australia Montecito Residence, Hope Ranch Residence
2005 100 More Of The World’s Best Houses; Images Publishing Group, Australia Hope Ranch Residence
2005 The Contemporary Guesthouse; Edizioni Press “In The Countryside” Carpinteria Guest House
2005 The Franklin Report: Los Angeles—Second Edition; Allgood Press Firm Profile
2005 Office Spaces, Volume 2; The Images Publishing Group; Australia Ground Zero, LRN, Firm Profile
2004 34 Los Angeles Architects; A+D Museum Montecito Residence
2004 Robb Report Hope Ranch
2004 LA Times Magazine Hope Ranch
2004 Colorfulness Urban Spa
2004 1000 Architects; The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd; Australia Firm Profile
2004 Interiors Now; The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd; Australia Iwin, Fotouhi Alonso, Malibu Beach House, Montecito Residence
2004 Kids Spaces; The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd; Australia Urban Youth Activity Center
2004 Offices Design Source; Harper Collins Ogilvy & Mather, Ground Zero Advertising,, Mindfield
2004 The Other Office: Creative Workplace Design; Frame: Birkhauser Ground Zero
2004 Pacific Houses; Harper Design International Malibu Beach House
2004 Offices Design Source; Harper Collins Ogilvy & Mather, Ground Zero Advertising;; Mindfield
2003 Offices: Designer & Design; Loft Publications Ogilvy & Mather, Mindfield,
2003  New Offices; Loft Publications Ground Zero Advertising
2003 The 21st Century Office; Laurence King Publishing Ltd., U.K. Ogilvy & Mather
2003 California Home & Design Urban Spa
2003 Another 100 Of The World’s Best Houses; The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd Malibu Beach House, Montecito Residence
2003 Metropolitan Urban Spa
2003 Sporting Spaces Vol. 2; The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd; Australia on the cover
2002 LA Times Magazine Firm Profile & Commercial Projects
2002 Angeleno Magazine Montecito Residence
2002 Los Angeles Magazine Urban Spa
2002 LA Architect The Firm
2002 FRAME The Firm
2001 Archittetura OFX Ground Zero
2001 Interior Design Ogilvy & Mather
2001 Interiors
2001 FRAME Ogilvy & Mather
2000 LA Architect Ground Zero
1999 The Architectural Review Ground Zero
1999 Interiors Ground Zero
1999 Contract Design Fuel
1997 Architectural Digest Malibu House
1995 40 Under 40 Robin Donaldson, Profile