In the spring of 2009, a fire in the foothills above the Santa Barbara Mission destroyed 80 homes. The rebuilding of this unique 2,700 SF CMA designed residence embraces the modern – in terms of both technology and design – while simultaneously giving due deference to the beauty, climate suitability and fire resistance of the indigenous architecture of early California, which is still visible in the Mission area.
The design is transparent with a view axis from the entry courtyard, through the house, to the horizon line of the ocean beyond. High performance glass in narrow steel frames is used to temper its south-facing exposure without sacrificing views. Privacy is protected by walls of local sandstone that appear first along the driveway, lead into and surround the entry courtyard, then slice though the house, separating public and private spaces, grounding the home and directing views out to the panorama of the Santa Barbara coast.
Design Firm: Cynthia Mabus Architecture. Cynthia Mabus Principal Architect.
Santa Barbara, CA