Located in the hills in California, this home from Barton Myers Associates is a model for seamlessly merging cold construction materials organically into the landscape.
Comprised mostly of steel and concrete, the Montecito Residence is uniquely situated on a tricky arboreal and rugged plot. While the topography is gorgeous, wild and includes thick greenery, huge onsite boulders and oak trees, it was likely a challenge to begin plans as to how to position a home on the site.
For the build the architectural team had a home in mind that could be replicated and mass produced with materials like exposed steel, concrete and other readily available industrial components. Steel was chosen for its durability but also because it comes from highly recycled supplies, like scrap metals.
The architects wanted to better accommodate varied land situations, so instead of conventional manufactured buildings they projected this design as a building concept. Research into tectonic design and the installment of the residential project is ongoing, and this structure is a prototype for a building kit that could be assembled and formed into 12 foot adaptable modules.
The home is made up of 2 different zones. The main living room, kitchen and lounge areas encompass one side and the other consists of bedrooms, baths and a library.
The indoor spaces spill out into the outdoor courtyard.
There is also an adjacent guest suite.
The pavilion style home has no air conditioning, as the strategic cross ventilation and open rooms provides more than adequate cooling for the interior. Large glass pane walls let the sunlight pour in, while insulated metal panels help to regulate the internal temperature.
The glass window partitions and sliding doors can easily be opened and shut as needed to go along with the changing weather.
Also, the home has energy efficient boilers, solar thermal collectors and a radiant heat system that is powered by solar panels.
Topped off with an Energy Star rated cool roof design, the Montecito Residence is luxury hilltop living that is high on style.
All images are © Barton Myers Associates. Photography by Ciro Coelho.
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