A Found Hilltop Village with Modern Appeal
The clients purchased a sprawling hillside lot in Montecito to build their new permanent residence. Wanting a mix of old and new, the architects created an architectural narrative that satisfied both styles. The concept for the exterior of the home is to imitate the character of found ancient buildings from a Spanish hilltop village. Appendages found outside the core of the home represent scattered buildings. Santa Barbara field stone covers the majority of the exterior, with stucco infill sprinkled throughout.
Dispersed roof shapes, such as a sloping form that pours out onto the balcony, further this idea with their purposeful asymmetry. The architects wanted the structure to feel like it was built up over time and therefore embrace possible imperfections.
The interior is contrastingly clean and modern. Crisp white walls extend off of interior stone walls to mimic a contemporary addition to the old world structure. Vaulted ceilings are supported by exposed wood beams. Custom steel-framed glass doors open up the home for an indoor-outdoor experience.