After a lifetime of photographing Art in Architecture, this discerning homeowner decided to design a piece of art that he could one day live in. After months in conceptual design and creative engineering, plans were finalized to recognize this client’s dream. Natural light and a simple yet diverse and elegant finish palate were at the heart of this home’s inspiration. Wonder, imagination and optical illusion are seen from afar, while precision, execution, and zero margin for error is recognized when looking at this home at a closer glance.
The home is highlighted by several architecturally interesting details, including large second story cantilevers, exterior elevations built entirely of glass, a view of Santa Barbara’s finest natural qualities from every room, all being topped off by a clearstory window system that gives the appearance of a roof that floats on top of the elegant structure below. A simple interior finish palette lends itself to bringing the landscape design in, while showcasing additional interior architectural masterpieces. Clearstory windows atop interior walls allow for natural light to pass through the top floor bedrooms and bathroom, so the ever-changing ocean, mountain, and sky scapes can set the mood for each room throughout the day
The interior stairwell serves as a beautiful focal point as you enter the front door. The stairwell is highlighted by structural stringers finished with metallic paint, enhanced by contrasting brushed stainless treads and balanced by the warmth of its mahogany risers and handrails. Anodized aluminum fins were designed and installed on the Southeast interior and exterior plaster wall elevations at the Living Room, to artfully cast changing shadows as the sun rises and sets over the home each day. This thoughtful detail gives the interested observer a new perspective on the home every day over the course of the year.
At the center of the home, a single elevator shaft serves as the only visible connection point from the foundation to the roof structure. At first glance it appears that this element is responsible for holding up the entire roof, leaving the observer to wonder, “how is the roof structure supported?”
As with all contemporary projects the more simple the design, the more difficult to execute with perfection. This exceptional Santa Barbara home is the intersection where Art meets Architecture, and where creative design meets flawless craftsmanship.
Mesa Contemporary is highlighted by several interesting details, including large second-story cantilevers, exterior elevations built entirely of glass, and a view of Santa Barbara from every room. A clearstory window system gives the appearance of a roof that floats on top of the elegant structure below.