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Santa Ynez House / Fernau + Hartman Architects

  • 00:00 - 4 September, 2012
Santa Ynez House / Fernau + Hartman Architects
Santa Ynez House / Fernau + Hartman Architects, © Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner
© Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner

© Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner © Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner © Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner © Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Ynez, United States
  • Architectural Team

    Richard Fernau, Laura Hartman, Laura Boutelle, Jenee Anzelone, Kate Lydon, Jason Wilkinson, Luc Johnston
  • Landscape Architect

    Pamela Burton & Company
  • Contractor

    Quick, Coastal Builder, Inc.
  • Mechanical

    Lee Falkenstern, LDF Engineering, Inc.
  • Structural

    Craig Dobbs
  • Civil

    Penfield & Smith
  • Electrical/Lighting

    JMPE Electrical Engineering + Lighting Design
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. The clients, one of whom is a working visual artist, are serious art collectors and former gallery owners. They wanted a small, energy-efficient home that engaged the landscape and embraced the rural setting. In addition to the basic requirements of a two bedroom house, they wanted a separate guest house/studio, outdoor rooms, pool and barbecue area. The site is in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. With a Mediterranean climate, it is hot and dry in the summer and fall, with warm to cold winters; noticeable cooling occurs at night throughout the year. At times strong western breezes prevail.

© Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner
© Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner

Notched into a small bench on a steep hillside, the house was conceived of as a device to connect to the landscape; openings frame views near and far and blur the distinction between indoor and outdoor rooms. The main volume of the house is an east-west oriented wedge which functions as the dining/living space. The kitchen and master bedroom pierce this wedge and extend out to form protected courtyards on the north and south. The studio/guest house stands free of the main structure and defines and shelters the entry. Steel grating shades outdoor rooms, and operable wood screens provide shelter from western wind. Exterior shading combined with the thin building sections and generous openings keep the house cool despite extreme summer temperatures. Combined with site walls and trellis structures, the landscaping—composed of drought tolerant natives—further defines the outdoor rooms and makes a gradual transition into the natural landscape.


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Cite: "Santa Ynez House / Fernau + Hartman Architects" 04 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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