Skyline Residence by Shubin + Donaldson Architects in Santa Barbara, California

Project: Skyline Residence
Architects: Shubin + Donaldson Architects
Location: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Area: 2,600 sf
Photographs by: Jeremy Bittermann

Skyline Residence by Shubin + Donaldson Architects

The Skyline Residence is a stunning Californian residence wrapped in Ipe wood screens and glass. It was designed by Shubin + Donaldson Architects and is located on a narrow hillside plot in Santa Barbara. The home was designed for an industrial designer and their young family. The interesting part about this residence is that the main living areas are located on the top floor, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean while the bedrooms are placed on the second floor and finally, the service areas are on the ground floor.

Fully utilizing the site, the main living areas sits on the top 3rd floor with panoramic Pacific Ocean views looking south and west. The bedrooms sit on the 2nd floor and the service areas like garage and laundry bury into the ground floor.

The main challenge was to “wedge” this home into a narrow complex shape of constraints and opportunities provided by the hillside site, zoning requirements and neighborhood context. These constraints resulted in a unique formal solution deploying a concrete and steel structural frame to maximize the formal responsiveness of the structure.

Due to the complexity of the form, the material palette for the home was limited to wood, cast concrete, steel and glass. The house has a central stair that cuts up through the home with a skylight above that allows daylight to penetrate the home and light it from within.

Environmentally, the home is cooled passively by ocean breezes, lit evenly during the day by daylight, and Ipe wood screens minimize sun load on the extensive view windows.

The benign climate encourages an indoor-outdoor living style and the home flows onto strategically placed outdoor patios for outdoor living. Every square foot of this small site is used as living area, whether indoors or out.

The client, an industrial designer with a young family, desired a thorough design process and a carefully detailed design. He came to SD knowing that our design values were in sync and this stunning home is the result of a very productive and satisfying client/architect relationship.

Shubin + Donaldson Architects


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Author: Fidan Jovanov


A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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