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NMA Architects Riviera Modern

“The design for the Kurth Residence is all about our clients’ desire to capture the amazing 360 degree views from their Lower Riviera site, as well as their desire for a very bold, modern home specifically made of concrete and glass,” states Architect Dave Mendro. It’s not often the shoe is on the other foot; when a client asks to push the creative envelope and go outside of the comfort zone. “It’s music to any Architect’s ears. I very much enjoyed the challenge, and the result is one of the most bold and distinctive homes we’ve done.”




NMA began the design process by exploring several design ideas, ranging from the conventional to the radical, and everywhere in-between. From day one, everyone agreed that the more radical scheme, a dramatic sweeping curvilinear building form, was the perfect solution. The convex shape of radial plan mirrored the panoramic oceans and city views to the south, east, and west. The concave lines embrace the mountain views to the north.






“The home has the drama and feel of one of my favorite architects, John Lautner: an idiosyncratic designer of the bygone modernist era whose site-inspired work is once again being fully appreciated,” says Mendro.

The resulting design takes the form of a simple, sweeping, radial arc in direct response to the site context and views. Exposed cast-in-place structural concrete walls support a broad cantilevered zinc-clad roof structure. The walls are placed at the building interior parallel with the mountain and ocean views to maximize the home’s transparency. The exterior walls incorporate expansive operable openings, enhancing the indoor-outdoor relationship and optimizing the dramatic views.








Sustainability and energy efficiency were important design aspects for the homeowners. High performance glazing, deep overhangs, solar arrays, and a drought-tolerant green roof pushed the project to exceed California Energy standards by 49% at the time of completion.

Dave adds, “This residence is a true expression of our client’s vision for the quintessential Southern California contemporary lifestyle and free flowing indoor-outdoor living.”



photography – Ciro Coelho


NMA is an architectural studio rooted in the sleepy seaside town of Carpinteria California, just a few short miles south of Santa Barbara. NMA is a diverse team of talented people who love what they do. We’re a passionate, down-to-earth group who continually push ourselves as well as our clients while remaining collaborative and flexible along the way. Our work spans from small-scale remodels to multi-million dollar projects, but regardless of size, we apply our trusted approach to each and every one of them.


888 Linden Avenue. Carpinteria California 93013

805.684.8885 / email:

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