Montecito Residence by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects


Here is a second project by Seattle architects Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen: Montecito Residence is a family house in Toro Canyon at Montecito, California.

The house, like the architects' Rolling Huts project we featured yesterday, won at the AIA Seattle Honor Awards earlier this month.

The following text is from the press release about the award:


Montecito Residence – Award of Commendation

Montecito Residence is a single-family home set in the fire-prone Toro Canyon. The owners wanted a house that minimized its use of scarce natural resources and recognized the challenging environmental conditions of the area. The design solution is a house that functions as an umbrella to shield the house from the sun and allows naturally cool offshore breezes to move through the space.

The roof harvests rainfall – directing it to a cistern which can be used for irrigation or in case of fire. The house is made of simple, fire resistant materials. Steel will be allowed to oxidize and concrete will be toned to allow the house to blend into the landscape.

Tom Kundig was the lead architect for Montecito Residence. Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin was the project manager, and Huyen Hoang was staff architect.

The Jury wrote of Montecito Residence: “This is the work of a master grammarian. It practices the idiom incredibly well, but then advances that idiom by moving to a new level of investigation. The project moves well beyond the usual regional focus on craft.”

Posted on Monday November 19th 2007 at 10:39 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Let me preface this statement by saying that it’s an utterly personal viewpoint, based entirely on how I’m feeling recently… so… Oh, how I wish I could actually afford such a structure. And, here’s where the problem lies… if most of us can afford such beauty, what, exactly, is the point? I don’t mean this to appear disrespectful to the designer(s). It’s just that I, as fairly typical human being, making a very typically decent salary… would never be able to afford this. It’s somehow delicious, however, that only those with a lot of money can afford to have their home ‘rust’ and be proud of it.

  • rodger

    some fine moments, but a little too much bravado and not enough substance.
    the pool area seem particularly unsuccessful.

  • Mattia Nuzzo

    Maybe it’s because the landscaping isn’t complete, but this glass shipping container on stilts does little to connect to the lushness and beauty of Santa Barbara’s coastline.

  • roadkill

    great materiality… and would be fantastic if not for all those flying roofs which just looks out of place.

  • Ren

    Nice project, I like the rust idea blending into the surroundings etc, and the pure construction. Nice to see some clean modernist architecture as opposed to the usual gratuitous 3d generated spew.

  • 影子绝对零度

    I am a building amateur, today first saw this beautiful house in here,thereupon I attempted on Google Earth look for it and the floweredseveral minute hands to find it, now I its Google Earth latitude andlongitude coordinates (34°26′ 43.34″ N 119°33′29.53″ W) issues has the interest to have a look

  • floyd landis

    You went to a lot of trouble to be “environmental” and “green” and “renewable” with your materials, then you bulldozed the wonderfully rolling countryside to force your flat lot concept into it’s setting. Don’t talk the talk if you ain’t walkin the walk.

  • Steroid Floyd

    Actually the lot was bulldozed about three owners ago.