Crossing Wall House / Mobile Office Architects

© Tyson Ellis

© Tyson Ellis

<img src="http://images.adsttc.com/media/images/57e9/b0ed/e58e/ce7b/9600/0098/thumb_jpg/03_MOA_CWH_east_exterior.jpg?1474932965"

title=”© Tyson Ellis”

alt=”© Tyson Ellis”

height=”125″ width=”125″>

<img src="http://images.adsttc.com/media/images/57e9/b1a1/e58e/ce7b/9600/009d/thumb_jpg/06_MOA_CWH_office.jpg?1474933146"

title=”© Tyson Ellis”

alt=”© Tyson Ellis”

height=”125″ width=”125″>

<img src="http://images.adsttc.com/media/images/57e9/b1b8/e58e/ce7b/9600/009e/thumb_jpg/07_MOA_CWH_living.jpg?1474933170"

title=”© Tyson Ellis”

alt=”© Tyson Ellis”

height=”125″ width=”125″>

<img src="http://images.adsttc.com/media/images/57e9/b1fd/e58e/cedc/fd00/01f6/thumb_jpg/11_MOA_CWH_canopy_light.jpg?1474933238"

title=”© Tyson Ellis”

alt=”© Tyson Ellis”

height=”125″ width=”125″>

  • Architects: Mobile Office Architects

  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA, United States

  • Lead Architect: Dustin Stephens

  • Structural Engineer: Peter Jarratt

  • Area: 2050.0 ft2

  • Project Year: 2015

  • Photographs: Tyson Ellis

© Tyson Ellis

© Tyson Ellis

The Crossing Wall House, designed and built by Mobile Office Architects (MOA), is sited where the Santa Ynez Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the City of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands.

© Tyson Ellis

© Tyson Ellis

The parcel’s steep grade necessitated careful site planning and guided the building form as it utilized two narrow existing terraces. The two differing orientations of the terraces are expressed by two geometric grids that come together in the homes central living space and open the home to views toward the ocean, islands, and lowlands. Two crossing retaining walls at the upslope side express the two project geometries and define the project’s position on the site.  At the back, one wall takes on an open and porous techtonic blurring the boundary between the constructed environment and the wild chaparral landscape. 

© Tyson Ellis

© Tyson Ellis

Plan

Plan

© Tyson Ellis

© Tyson Ellis

The primary living space acts as an indoor-outdoor pavilion; opening fully at the back to the entry courtyard and to a deck at the front with downslope views beyond. The raw corten steel and concrete exterior material palette was developed to create a building that ages with the landscape and responds to localized threats posed by wildfire and wood-eating termites.

Section

Section

The project utilizes passive solar, thermal mass, passive ventilation, and solar hot water strategies to produce a fluid indoor-outdoor environment that operates at high levels of energy efficiency.

© Tyson Ellis

© Tyson Ellis

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s