Skyline Residence is a contemporary three-story, three-bedroom hilltop home located on a complex site on the Santa Barbara Mesa. The site constraints required a unique formal solution deploying a concrete and steel structural frame to maximize the responsiveness of the structure and organizing the living spaces from the top down, connecting them by a continuous circulatory core to make the home feel open and spacious.

Each room of the residence has a connection to the exterior environment allowing the natural light and natural ventilation to flow through the house by taking advantage of the cool ocean breezes. Apertures between the floors create a natural exhaust pattern directing heat upwards through the central vertical circulation core and out of the structure. The exterior wood slat screen, awnings, and guardrails provide shading for the top floor to minimize heat-gain, while overhangs and exterior motorized blinds shade the glazing of the exterior envelope on the first floor.

The materials of the house were chosen to be maintenance-free and utilize time to increase their beauty. The exterior Ipe wood weather over time into a silver-gray finish, while the Corten steel ages naturally and develops a rich texture and patina. No gypsum wallboard or paint is used throughout the residence, and all millwork is made from high-quality plywood.

The Skyline Residence is ultra-responsive to the site constraints and shaped by an informed understanding of the view angles, honest material palette, and consistent with the values of modern, functional, efficient, and comfortable.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Raised Planters, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Front Yard, Gardens, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Trees, Metal Fences, Wall, Hardscapes, Walkways, Wood Fences, Wall, Landscape Lighting, Vertical Fences, Wall, and Post Lighting. The location in Santa Barbara, allows for indoor-outdoor living and the home caters to this flow. Photo 2 of Skyline ResidenceView Photos

The location in Santa Barbara, allows for indoor-outdoor living and the home caters to this flow.

Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Walkways, Shrubs, Side Yard, Metal Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Fences, Wall, Hardscapes, Landscape Lighting, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Vertical Fences, Wall, Raised Planters, Metal Fences, Wall, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Flowers, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Post Lighting, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Gardens. The exterior deck seamlessly transitions into the interior of the home. Photo 3 of Skyline ResidenceView Photos

The exterior deck seamlessly transitions into the interior of the home.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, Concrete Tread, and Metal Tread. A central stair allows for passive ventilation through the home, while serving as the homes central axis. Photo 4 of Skyline ResidenceView Photos

A central stair allows for passive ventilation through the home, while serving as the homes central axis.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, Concrete Tread, and Metal Railing. Stairs were custom-fabricated and welded on-site during construction. Photo 5 of Skyline ResidenceView Photos

Stairs were custom-fabricated and welded on-site during construction.

Modern home with Staircase, Concrete Tread, Glass Railing, Metal Railing, and Metal Tread. The upper floor allows for expansive views of the California Coast. Photo 6 of Skyline ResidenceView Photos

The upper floor allows for expansive views of the California Coast.

Modern home with Kitchen, Ceiling Lighting, Wood Counter, Engineered Quartz Counter, Stone Counter, Metal Cabinet, Recessed Lighting, Accent Lighting, Concrete Floor, Undermount Sink, and Concrete Backsplashe. The kitchen opens to the open floor plate, allowing expansive views from any point in the space. Photo 8 of Skyline ResidenceView Photos

The kitchen opens to the open floor plate, allowing expansive views from any point in the space.

Modern home with Staircase, Glass Railing, Metal Railing, Metal Tread, and Concrete Tread. Stairway Fabrication Details Photo 9 of Skyline ResidenceView Photos

Stairway Fabrication Details

Skyline Residence Elevations Photo 10 of Skyline Residence modern homeView Photos

Skyline Residence Elevations

Interior Design
Landscape Design
  • Eric Nagelmann
Builder
  • Channel Island Construction
Photographer
Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 2600