A “contemporary house with a Mexican flavor” is what the art-collecting client requested. Shubin + Donaldson responded with a contextual mélange of multiple orthogonal volumes that are monumental to reflect a refined Mexican spirit in shape as well as in material. The solidity of forms on one side of the home speaks to the Mexican flavor of the structure, while the abundance of glazing on the other side relates to the physical context of the coastal site.
Responding to the site, Shubin + Donaldson created a constant interplay between indoor and outdoor in a continual effort to frame views and compose angles. Upon entering the building, beyond the play of forms, is the surprise view through the entry toward the negative-edge reflecting pool and out to the ocean beyond. Large, floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around a fountain, which also brings light into the home. One can go from the living room to dining room across the stepping stones in the central reflecting pool.
An indoor swimming pool is accessed down the stairs from the master suite through a curved corridor that sports a rare hint of vibrant color. A deep orange curving corridor and sparkling blue wall in the pool house are a nod to a traditional Mexican palette. Three skylights punctuate the space that houses a 60-foot-long lap pool.
The owners wanted the house to have public spaces for social events. The dramatic, open foyer and entry create a seamless experience for visitors as they journey from exterior to interior. Exterior limestone is repeated in the flooring, with contrasting darker limestone stripes echoing the ceiling articulation. Mexican Tzalam wood is used for the custom-made doors, the spectacular interior bridge, and the interior wood floors.
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 200
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (805) 966-2802
Contractor: Crawford Construction
Photographer: Ciro Coelho