Modern Pool House by Klopf Architecture

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Location: Los Gatos, California, USA

Year completed: 2012



Architects: Klopf Architecture

Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Geoff Campen, and Angela Todorova
Landscape Architect: Andrea Sessa
Contractor: Flegels Construction
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The transformation once an overgrown yard and open pool deck now a habitable destination space for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. In a quiet natural setting the pool house is located at a mid-century modern home in Los Gatos.

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John Klopf is a licensed architect over 24 years in the field. He is the Founding Principal of Klopf Architecture, which he founded in 2001 after working for a few years at other firms. John, along with his wife and their two sons, lives in San Francisco and enjoys walking his dogs to work or biking to work whenever possible.
John was born in Cleveland Ohio, and is a graduate of both Harvard (Bachelor, 1993) and Berkeley (Master of Architecture, 2000). While at Berkeley, he won the highly competitive Branner travel fellowship for nine months of fully-paid independent architectural study in Japan, Europe, and Scandinavia. While at Harvard he studied abroad for one semester in Nanjing, China.
In addition to practicing architecture, John has taught design at USF (the University of San Francisco) as an adjunct professor, taught introductory design classes at Berkeley as a lecturer and graduate student instructor, and managed a major sustainability research project for the architecture department at Berkeley.
Today architectural practice consumes all of John’s professional time. He focuses on modernist homes, green and net-zero energy homes, and mid-century modern buildings. He is excited about the completion of Klopf Architecture’s first net-zero energy modern house and looks forward to working on more modern zero-net energy houses.

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Klopf Architecture,
A California Corporation
2180 Bryant Street, Suite 203
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Los Altos Residence by Klopf Architecture

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Location: Los Altos, California, USA

Year completed: 2017



Architects: Klopf Architecture

Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, Geoff Campen, Chuang-Ming Liu, and Ethan Taylor
Landscape Architect: Outer space Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: ZFA Structural Engineers
Staging: Da Lusso Design
Photography: © Mariko Reed


Klopf Architecture and Outer space Landscape Architects designed a new warm, modern, open, indoor-outdoor home in Los Altos, California. Inspired by mid-century modern homes but looking for something completely new and custom, the owners, a couple with two children, bought an older ranch style home with the intention of replacing it.

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Klopf Architecture


John Klopf is a licensed architect over 24 years in the field. He is the Founding Principal of Klopf Architecture, which he founded in 2001 after working for a few years at other firms. John, along with his wife and their two sons, lives in San Francisco and enjoys walking his dogs to work or biking to work whenever possible.
John was born in Cleveland Ohio, and is a graduate of both Harvard (Bachelor, 1993) and Berkeley (Master of Architecture, 2000). While at Berkeley, he won the highly competitive Branner travel fellowship for nine months of fully-paid independent architectural study in Japan, Europe, and Scandinavia. While at Harvard he studied abroad for one semester in Nanjing, China.
In addition to practicing architecture, John has taught design at USF (the University of San Francisco) as an adjunct professor, taught introductory design classes at Berkeley as a lecturer and graduate student instructor, and managed a major sustainability research project for the architecture department at Berkeley.
Today architectural practice consumes all of John’s professional time. He focuses on modernist homes, green and net-zero energy homes, and mid-century modern buildings. He is excited about the completion of Klopf Architecture’s first net-zero energy modern house and looks forward to working on more modern zero-net energy houses.

Team


CONTACT

Klopf Architecture,
A California Corporation
2180 Bryant Street, Suite 203
San Francisco, CA 94110

415.691.7227 | E-Mail


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Skyhaus by Aidlin Darling Design

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Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Size: 4,250 sq. feet

Year: 2014



Awards

2016 AIA San Francisco Design Awards


Architects: Aidlin Darling Design

Team: David Darling , Principal-in-Charge
Joshua Aidlin, Principal
Melinda Turner, Project Manager/Designer

Consultants: Gemmill Design, Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

Photography: © Matthew Millman



Channeling the spirit of the home’s original designer, the late Joseph Esherick, daylight and landscape were the primary objectives of this contemporary transformation. Central to the design is a multi-storied interior garden atrium that captures outdoor space within the home’s interior and pulls daylight deep into the spaces within. At the rear, a new lower level physically connects the interior to the landscape as the façade reorients both indoor and outdoor spaces toward the views beyond while editing neighboring structures for mutual privacy. Earth and sky, heavy and light, is reinforced through materials of concrete, wood, glass, steel and diffused light.

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CONTACT

Aidlin Darling Design
500 Third Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94107

tel 415 974 5603
fax 415 974 0849

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Revello Residence by Shubin Donaldson Architects

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Location: Pacific Palisades, California, USA

Size: 5,500 sf
Year: 2013



Architects: Shubin Donaldson

Partners In Charge:
Russell Shubin, AIA, LEED AP
Robin Donaldson, AIA

Contractor: The Quillin Group

Photography: © John Ellis



An existing nondescript 1980’s hillside home on a spectacular site was transformed with critical concern for the preservation and optimization of panoramic ocean views. The vehicular approach, orientation and entry sequence are choreographed to capitalize on the site conditions and view opportunities.

Structural reinforcement of the terrain allowed for the conceptual overlay of program, including an office/exercise room level, sleeping level, and living/entertaining level are all tucked within the hillside. An elegant yet casual palette of natural materials, textures, and rich details supports a connection between the interior and exterior spaces.

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Russell Shubin, AIA, founded ShubinDonaldson Architects in partnership with Robin Donaldson in 1991.

ShubinDonaldson is a team of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences united around one thing­–creating great design.

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CONTACT

Los Angeles Office

3751 Robertson Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

310.204.0688

Santa Barbara Office

414A Anacapa Street #101
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805.682.7000

 

Irvine/Orange County Office
32 Executive Park, Suite 115

Irvine, CA 92614

714.352.5353

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HIDE OUT | Dan Brunn Architecture

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Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Size: 3600.0 ft2

Year: 2016



Architects: Dan Brunn Architecture

Design Principal: Dan Brunn, AIA
Structural Engineer: Salas Design Company
Landscape Architect: Kaisei-en
Interior Designer: Dan Brunn Architecture
Contractor: Realco Creations
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Dan Brunn, AIA, founded his Los Angeles-based firm, Dan Brunn Architecture, in 2005. Widely published, Dan’s work includes all retail, hospitality, cultural, and residential projects. The architect utilizes provocative spatial choreography to harmonize light with volume. Inspired by the Bauhaus architecture of his native Tel Aviv, he reinterprets Modernist principles in minimalist designs for living, shopping, and dining. Named a “Rising Star” by Architectural Digest, Dan’s portfolio includes furniture design that addresses the needs of living room, bedroom, and bath with highly functional, sophisticated, and streamlined solutions.
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6363 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 503
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios | Venice Residence

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Location: Venice, California, USA

Size: 4,000 sq. feet

Year: 2018



Awards

2018 AIA|LA Residential Architecture Award



Architects: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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Our client’s “dream house” is designed specifically for the Venice lifestyle. These indoor-outdoor spaces take advantage of every inch of an extremely narrow lot.  Every room opens onto the outdoors, making the home feel like a garden pavilion. Minimal but elegant landscaping in the side yards maximizes the feeling of openness.

A long, thin swimming pool and infinity-edge spa carry the feeling of expansiveness all the way to the guest house at the back of the lot. The house features the same kind of continuity. A concrete floor begins outside the front entry, and extends all the way through the house to the pool deck.  Plaster walls are tinted the same color as the floor. Sliding glass doors between the central entertaining space and the pool disappear completely behind the exterior walls when completely open. The second floor is composed of two folded white planes, each containing a bedroom suite. They interlock at the central staircase, a dramatic and airy vertical space with views of the double-height outdoor dining area. The second floor is composed of two folded white planes, each containing a bedroom suite. They interlock at the central staircase, a dramatic and airy vertical space with views of the double-height outdoor dining area.

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Rios Clementi Hale Studios

3101 West Exposition Place
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 785-1800


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Waverley by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

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Location: Palo Alto, California, USA

Size: 5,000 sf

Year: 2018



Awards 2018

AIA California Council Residential Award of Honor

AIA Silicon Valley Design Award of Merit

AIA|LA Residential Architecture Award of Honor

Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Rethinking the Future: Global Architecture & Design Award



Architects: Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

COLLABORATORS:

Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders 

Interiors: Kristy Will Design

Landscape: Blasen Landscape Architecture

Photography: Matthew Millman, Joe Fletcher



The architecture on this residence for a young couple is a study in strong simple composition and materiality with an emphasis on craft. The massing defines solid and void, captures natural light, and connects the indoors with the landscape, seeking to ‘experience the outdoors from within.’The ground floor volumes wrapped in an elongated hand-fired brick, emphasizing the horizontality of the architecture that lays solidly on the land. Bronze-trimmed ceiling planes slide between the brick masses, and floor-to-ceiling glazed openings are captured by thin-profiled bronze frames. In contrast to the grounded brick volumes, the second floor is clad in stainless steel panels and oversized aluminum-framed windows. The lightness and openness of the second floor is nestled among the oak-tree canopies of the site.

A custom-designed element is the steel mesh screen that wraps around to enclose the kitchen for privacy, separating this from the more public “guest hosting” areas adjacent. The steel screen slides along a track embedded into the teak slatted ceiling and disappears into the pantry when retracted.At the basement level, a wine cellar and tasting room open to a sunken landscaped courtyard. A grand stairwell of floating stone steps connects the three levels. A freestanding structure set deep back into the site is a zen-like fitness/yoga studio as well as a guesthouse with a kitchenette”. An exterior trellis connects the main house with the backhouse and studio, and helps frame the backyard and surrounding landscape which integrates California native plant species, grasses and trees to compliment the materiality, geometries and site response of the architecture.

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Led by Partners STEVEN EHRLICH, FAIA; TAKASHI YANAI, FAIA; PATRICIA RHEE, AIA; MATHEW CHANEY, AIA; and supported by eight Principals, Associate Principals and Associates, EYRC Architects’ design philosophy starts with a profound respect for a building’s inhabitants. This humanistic approach, referred to as MULTICULTURAL MODERNISM, has permeated the firm’s culture since the beginning, informing every creation and every interaction.

Honored with the AIA NATIONAL FIRM AWARD in 2015, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (formerly Ehrlich Architects) is a versatile practice that has earned an international reputation for design excellence and an exemplary professional culture. Founded in 1979 as a tiny residential studio, the Los Angeles-based firm is a 40 member team that has mastered building types ranging in scale from houses to courthouses, including libraries, university centers, corporate and government facilities. EYRC Architects has been recognized with more than 150 awards including nine national AIA awards, and the title of AIA California Council Firm of the Year in 2003. more


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CULVER CITY, CA
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Belzberg Architects | Bridge Residence

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Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Year: 2018


Awards

2018 AIA LA Residential Awards



Architects: Belzberg Architects

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The new Bridge Residence turned the challenge of a sloping site into an opportunity to evoke quiet seclusion while creating a grand statement. The taller wing of the L-shaped house abuts a foothill to the east and features textured, dry-stacked Hera limestone that forms a predominantly opaque façade facing the neighbors uphill. Conversely, three levels of floor-to-ceiling glass, protected by deep, faceted frames, opens downhill into the site. This juxtaposition, while using divergent architectural languages, optimizes privacy, solar orientation, and use of the site.

Surrounded by a mature oak grove, the building accommodates access to the outdoors from each floor as the landscape slopes. Not only are connections from the house to the exterior important, but views through are used to accentuate the ubiquity of the verdant surroundings, the pinnacle of this is evident in the kitchen. Conceived as the control center or “bridge” of the house, the kitchen’s generous volume projects perpendicular from the hill, giving it high visibility upon arrival and to the other wing of the house. The nearly 12’ space, with floor-to-ceiling glazing on the north and south sides, appears to float when doors on both sides of the garage/multi-purpose room below are open. Its appearance emphasizes the relationship between the built form and the outdoors, and the kitchen’s place as the focal point of the home.

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Hagy Belzberg, FAIA, OAA

Founding Principal Belzberg Architects, APC

Hagy Belzberg received his Masters of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University. In addition to Belzberg Architects professional awards and recognition, Hagy Belzberg has been honored by the American Institute of Architects California Council as an Emerging Talent, and in 2008 he won the prestigious designation of “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York. In 2010 Hagy Belzberg was elected to The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for “notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture”.

Since 1994, Hagy has held Graduate and Undergraduate level instructorship and lecture positions at UCLA, USC and The Southern California Institute of Architecture.
In the summer of 2013, Hagy Belzberg and Belzberg Architects have been invited to exhibit work at MOCA’s “A New Sculpturalism, Contemporary Architecture from Southern California”. This is the first extensive, scholarly examination of the radical forms that have become prolific in Southern California architecture during the past twenty-five years.

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Belzberg Architects
2321 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405
phone 310.453.9611
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Venice Beach Residence by Griffin Enright Architects

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Location: Venice Beach, California, USA

Area: 3,300 sf

Year: 2017



Architects: Griffin Enright Architects

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A 3,300 sf developer-commissioned residence, it maximizes its narrow site through strategic placement and an expansive array of telescoping glass doors. Set to one side of the property, the home’s interior spaces stretch into the side and back garden patios, where a lap pool reaches past the residence. Above the pool, the home’s second story volume extends over the patio and water below. Concentric punctures in the cantilevered  volume create an oculus over the water, directing sunlight which reflects from the pool into adjacent spaces.

The residence’s front entry path bends past a grassed driveway and concealed garage to ascend three steps to the front door. In the entrance alcove, a window peeks over the side yard pool and a skylight hovers above the stairs’ double height space. From that threshold and past the staircase to the second floor bedrooms, a loft-like living area sits two steps down, opening to the gardens and pool beyond.

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Griffin Enright Architects is an award-winning, interdisciplinary Los Angeles-based firm with institutional, cultural, and residential projects built nationally and abroad. Griffin Enright Architects was founded by Margaret Griffin, FAIA, and John Enright, FAIA, LEED AP, as a collaborative design practice that explores new prospects for the built environment through their integration of architectural, urban, landscape, and interior design. Using focused, inventive, and strategic thinking, they pursue unexpected solutions to transform overlooked conditions into landmark projects through their expertise in construction techniques and community engagement. more


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Griffin Enright Architects

12468 W. WASHINGTON BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90066

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Sawmill by Olson Kundig

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Location: Tehachapi, California, USA
Area: 4170.0 ft2
Year: 2014


 


Awards

2018 AIA National COTE Top Ten Award
2017 AIA National Housing Awards, Honor Award2017 AIA Northwest Pacific Region Citation Award
2017 Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award


Architects: Olson Kundig

Design Principal: Tom Kundig
Project Manager: Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin

Photography: Kevin Scott, Gabe Border



Set in the harsh high desert of California, Sawmill is a family retreat embedded into the tough, scrubby landscape. Sawmill harnesses the challenges and opportunities of its remote site, emphasizing sustainable strategies and reclaimed materials. Demonstrating that high design can also be high performance, Sawmill is a net-zero home that operates completely off the grid.

The client brief called for a self-sufficient home that maximized connection between architecture and nature, and between family members inside. Riffing on the tradition of tents around a campfire, the house is comprised of three wings connected by the central hearth in the living area. Here, a 12-by-26-foot window wall retracts with the turn of a wheel, transforming the outdoor patio into the fourth “tent” around the fire.

Tough as nails, Sawmill is made from durable materials that can withstand the harsh climate, where fires are a major hazard in summer and winters are extremely cold. The design approach was driven by a scavenger mentality, seeking always to do more with less, including using salvaged and recycled materials whenever possible.

Carefully sited to minimize disturbance to its remote environment, Sawmill acknowledges that while the desert is harsh, it is also fragile. Historically, the valley had been used for mining, ranching and logging – hence the name “Sawmill.” Recognizing this past exploitation of the site, the homeowners wanted their house to give back to the land, rather than take from it. Sawmill stands as a testament to high design as an environmental ethic – a building that connects people to place.

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Ranch House by The Archers

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Location: Beverly Hills, California, USA
Year: 2016

Architects: The Archers


A rambling fifties ranch house within a canyon setting was extensively remodeled in the nineteen eighties, with unfortunate results. In lieu of restoration, which seemed implausible, we opted to keep the Beverly Hills ‘ranch’ vernacular but translate it through modernism. We looked to Eero Saarinen’s 1957 Miller House for cues on incorporating modern details – framing, casework and material combinations – within a postmodern ranch vocabulary. The new interior is highly detailed and precise, with a complex system of posts, beams and brickwork, all painted in many subtle shades and finishes of white, from dead-flat to high-gloss lacquer.

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The Archers


Founded by Richard Petit and Stephen Hunt in 2002, The Archers is a team of designers, architects, artists, and cinephiles based in Los Angeles, California. The studio’s work comprises buildings, interiors and furnishings for private homes and public spaces.

The Archers is historically minded and research oriented, and although the scale and nature of the studio’s work varies dramatically, every project shares a commitment to authenticity, resonance of material, and experimentation rooted in precedent. Site-specific furniture and finishes are a defining aspect of the studio’s projects.

The Archers borrows its name from the production company of British filmmakers Powell & Pressburger. Like its namesake, the studio is collaborative and aspires to innovate. Using experience, passion and keen judgement, The Archers strive to make every space the only one of its kind.


CONTACT

The Archers
849 S Broadway #PH1
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Dry Creek Pool House by Ro Rockett Design

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Program: Pool House and Landscape
Location: Geyserville, California, USA
Size: 300 sf



Architects: Ro Rockett Design

Team: Zac Rockett, Jason Ro, Matt Granelli

General Contractor: JMH John Hallengren
Structural Engineer: Bill Lynch Berkeley Structural Design
Civil Engineer: Kelder Engineering

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Anchored by an inventive reuse of local materials on a constrained lot in a beautiful Sonoma County landscape, this project started as a country retreat and evolved into a full-time residence.  The desired program added a pool, pool house, outdoor living area, gardens, bocce court and guest arrival with overflow parking.

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PLANS



Ro Rockett Design



CONTACT

LOS ANGELES

1031 W. Manchster Blvd.,Unit 6 Inglewood, CA 90301

T: 213-784-0014

SAN FRANCISCO

1306 Bridgeway , Floor 2 Sausalito, CA 94965

T: 415-289-0830


VISIT

Ro Rockett Design


Ranch house renovation in Ojai, California by Bestor Architecture

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Location: Ojai, California, US

Year: 2015



Architects: Bestor Architecture

Photography: © Laure Joliet


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Bestor Architecture


Bestor Architecture is based in Los Angeles and was founded by Barbara Bestor, FAIA in 1995. Bestor Architecture has designed a number of award-winning projects including headquarters for Beats by Dre and Nasty Gal, Blackbirds, a groundbreaking new typology for dense housing in Echo Park, and a variety of experimental residences and commercial establishments. The varied, creative, and aesthetically progressive body of work expands the territory of architecture into atmospheric urbanism.


CONTACT

Bestor Architecture
2030 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

 

Toro Canyon House by Bestor Architecture

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Location: Santa Barbara County, California, US

Year: 2012



Architects: Bestor Architecture

Photography: Laure Joliet, John Ellis



There is a dramatic and winding approach up through the landscape that keeps the compound hidden until the last moment. The site strategy is one of slow revelation and discovery of the house and- ultimately- the view. The road, which had to be built for access, brings the visitor to a point below the house- where a formal stair leads up to the entry sequence. The front door frames and reveals views of the Santa Barbara coastline through the courtyard.

A 40’ wide horizontal ‘panavison’-esque opening gives the house a pavilion-like atmosphere. The dwelling is organized around three courtyards, the primary one at the heart of the house also serves as the front entrance and outdoor living room. The courtyards have a dual purpose: they bring in ample natural light and ventilation but also provide protection from the strong winds that can race across the mountain.

A pool house that is nestled into the hill has a custom solar shade structure whose digitally created pattern is designed to maximize shade as the sun reaches its high points.

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