Exploring Contemporary Residential Architecture: Blurring the Lines Between Indoor and Outdoor Living

AB design studio's forward-thinking residential architecture effortlessly merges interior and exterior spaces, fostering an immersive living experience that transcends traditional boundaries and captivates residents with its seamless integration and dynamic design.

In the realm of contemporary residential architecture, AB design studio stands out for its innovative approach and commitment to seamless indoor-outdoor living experiences. Three exemplary projects showcase the studio's dedication to blending modern design principles with the natural environment, creating spaces that transcend traditional boundaries.


HO:ME 296 exemplifies AB design studio's ethos of "inspiration through collaboration." This high-end container-based dwelling in Santa Barbara County is a testament to strategic collaboration with stakeholders, resulting in a sustainable and visually striking home. By incorporating sustainable strategies and expansive folding glass doors, the architects seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor spaces, offering unobstructed views of the surrounding canyon vista.

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Similarly, the Modern Beach House epitomizes the studio's sensitivity to its surroundings and dedication to maximizing scenic views. Through large glass facades facing the ocean, the home blurs the line between public and private areas, inviting natural light to flood the living spaces and creating a sense of openness. This design choice not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also fosters a constant dialogue between the beauty of the oceanfront setting and the comfort of the interior.


In the Quarry House project, AB design studio collaborated with interior designer Tamara Honey to modernize a 1950s wood cabin nestled in a rock quarry. By preserving original elements and incorporating a wrap-around wood deck, the architects pay homage to the area's artistic past while creating a contemporary living space that seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings.

AB design studio's contemporary residential designs prioritize the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Through innovative techniques such as large openings, sliding glass panels, and pivoting walls, the studio blurs the boundaries between the built environment and nature. By meticulously mapping each project site and considering factors such as prevailing winds and view corridors, the architects create homes that offer a dynamic living experience throughout the seasons.


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Quarry House extensive glazing system and patio

Outdoor living space intentionally created as an extension of the main residence

In essence, AB design studio's approach to contemporary residential architecture transcends traditional paradigms, embracing the inherent connection between architecture and nature. Through thoughtful design and strategic collaboration, the studio continues to push the boundaries of what's possible, creating homes that not only inspire but also enrich the lives of their inhabitants.

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HO:ME 296 open concept kitchen and living room, dog resting in sun



Selected Works


Selected Works


Selected Works