Santa Barbara Beach House

A courtyard design in the Southern California tradition of indoor/outdoor living, inspired by the spirit of Mid-20th Century California Modernism and employing a simple palette of durable, sustainable materials, precisely detailed: Wood, Glass, Plaster, Metal.

A ring of progressively taller, gentle forms create a central courtyard – a private, sunny oasis screened from the neighbors, nearby rail line and highway. Separate wings provide the diverse inhabitants the independence to come and go as they please and enjoy a variety of activities, both inside and out, without disturbing each other. Open, spacious interior volumes are filled with ample daylight, cross ventilation and vistas throughout.

Landscape balances architecture with gardens, terraces and courts. Water features symbolize and celebrate the ocean. Clean and contemporary, yet appropriate for an informal beach lifestyle, this home speaks to regional traditions while clearly being of its own time.

Keith Rivera, AIA with B3 Architects