Montecito Residence / Barton Myers Associates

© Ciro Coelho

Architects: Barton Myers Associates
Location: Montecito, CA,
Principal in Charge: Thomas Schneider
Associate in Charge: Yianna Bouyioukou
Project Architects: Wayne Thomas, Cheng Zhou, David Karp
Landscape: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Structural Engineer: Norman J. Epstein
Engineering: AGME Engineers, mechanical & plumbing; Smith Engineering Associates, electrical; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc, envelope consultant; Rios Clementi Hale Studios, interiors; Penfield & Smith, civil; Grover Hollingsworth & Associates, geotechnical
Contractor: Caputo Construction
Site Area: 1 acre
Project Area: 3,365 sf main residence, 500 sf garage, 50′ lap pool, pool cabana
Project Year: 2009
Photographer: Ciro Coelho

floor plan

Located in the hills above Montecito, the Ladera Residence’s was designed to take advantage of the site’s striking features, including majestic oak trees and large boulders. The residence is divided into two wings. A public wing includes living, dining and kitchen areas and opens up to the main outdoor dining and lounging areas. The second, more intimate wing, contains bedrooms, bathrooms and a library all of which open up to small outdoor courtyards and terraces. The property also includes a lap-pool and an existing guest house.

© Ciro Coelho

The building is constructed of exposed , glass, concrete and insulated metal panels. The Montecito Residence takes full advantage of the indoor-outdoor living made possible by California Coast’s mild climate. Designed specifically without air-conditioning, the house is cooled exclusively by cross-ventilation. Large operable sectional glass doors, sliding doors and windows can be opened and closed to quickly adjust to the climate conditions and the occupants’ comfort. In addition, the house’s radiant heat system is fed by solar collector panels. Other sustainable features include highly efficient boilers, photovoltaic panels and an Energy-Star rated “cool” roof.

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  • pacco

    wow!!! fantastic home…just one question about the living room, leaving so much space covered with glass, does not pruduce too much hor inside the buildong?

    and man…i got to say that ockers archs are just pure rock and roll!!!

    • pacco

      hot i mean..

  • FRM

    Nice – albiet very Pierre Koenig-esque…

  • Omikey

    The ultimate in 21st century California cooool. Cookie Cookie lend me your comb?

  • Priscilla

    WOW!!!! I love the stairs that lead to the house!!!!! BEAUTIFUL

  • Nicholas Patten

    Montecito Residence.

  • WPstudios

    RT @nicholaspatten Montecito Residence.

  • RM

    Great house. Reminds me a lot of stuff I’ve seen in Australia.

  • J

    I’m curious from people with more experience than I, where a home like this would rank in cost to build per square foot. The home is beautiful and obviously high-end, but the materials are typical commercial materials. Would this result in significant savings in the cost of building this home? I mean people say steel is expensive, but this is a relatively simple (although enormous) home.

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  • Nick Losi

    Obviously a high-end house with a distinct aesthetic with the fortune of having a beautiful plot of land as the setting, but I question the practicality of so much steel in a house that is trying so hard to be “green” (“sustainable features include highly efficient boilers, photovoltaic panels and an Energy-Star rated “cool” roof”). It is easy to buy green features and add them on to a structure—such as PV panels and an efficient boiler—but I wonder how sustainable a 3,364 sq ft house with 500 sq ft garage and additional pool cabana can be. For a truly sustainable picture one has to understand the impact a building has over its entire lifetime, from the manufacturing of the materials used, to the demolition of the structure.

    Not to mention the architects only managed to fit two bedrooms in such a large house. Kind of a pity.

    • Omikey

      Gee Nick…. like Mick said, “What drag it is to come home”.

  • rodger

    generally speaking the material cost is not as important as the cost of labor. its the labor cost that drives design decisions.
    building with industrial materials for reasons of cost savings is a pointless exercise. the small benefit you gain from cheap materials no way equals the benefits you get from superior material choices. in other words, find cheaper ways to build things rather than finding and buying cheaper materials.

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  • delta perdana

    it’s superman house

  • Dario Corral

    Can someone please tell me which is the main entrance???

  • stan fritz