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DesignARC Riviera Modern

DesignARC replaced a run-down and aging duplex with two modern homes. Although the unique creek-side site proposed significant challenges, the clients wanted to rebuild on the lush Riviera hillside. The challenges presented were ultimately overcome through a thorough and careful study of site conditions.



With an extremely efficient use of space and strategic placement of windows and decks, privacy is maintained while affording expansive views from each home to the creek, downtown Santa Barbara and Pacific Ocean beyond. Both homes appear to have far more openness than their compact lots afford.



The solution strikes a balance between enclosure and openness. Walls and landscape elements divide and protect two private domains, and are in turn, carefully penetrated to reveal views.



Both homes are variations on one consistent theme: elegant composition of contemporary, “warm” materials; strong roof planes punctuated by vertical masses; and floating decks. The project forms an intimate connection with its setting by using site-excavated stone, terracing landscape planters with native plantings, and utilizing the shade provided by its ancient Riviera Oak trees.



This DesignARC project received the 2012 AIA Santa Barbara Chapter Merit Award.

The DesignArc philosophy…
We believe architecture, at its core, is a dialogue. It is a building or space that is telling you something, making you feel a certain way or reacting to a specific human need. We celebrate and nurture dialogue between art and science, structure and emotion, material and context, environment and shelter, and between ourselves and our clients.


DesignARC Santa Barbara
29 West Calle Laureles, Santa Barbara, California 93105
805 687 1525



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