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MID-CENTURY MODERN RESIDENCE

MID-CENTURY MODERN RESIDENCE
Design Challenge

How did the architects incorporate contemporary appeal to a mid-century modern home while preserving its delicate site conditions, fixtures, and historical details and respecting the original architect’s vision?

Design Solution

Designed by AB design studio, this project was a total remodel of a classic mid-century modern house built in the 1950s by architect Noel Cook. The redesign of the home was driven by the client, who, after an eight-month sabbatical in Scandinavia, gained a further appreciation for classic modern design.

The redesign and total refinishing of the home was an opportunity to celebrate the materials and form of modern architecture, as well as to explore the feasibility of hillside living. The architects updated the original post-and-beam aesthetic with tongue-and-groove ceilings, recreated the entry and walkway, and carefully maintained the original art studio. The new additions of dry stacked stone and fine wood joinery maintain the original spirit of the home while new hardscape elements, modern appliances, and updated glazing systems combine to bring the function of the home up to current expectations. The design also includes custom-designed furniture pieces that complete this collaboration of client, artisan builder, and architect.

Mid-Century Modern is winner of the 2009 Record Houses award.

Project Data

LOT SIZE
24,315 sf
PROJECT SIZE
2,510 sf
LOCATION
Santa Barbara, CA
CONSTRUCTION COST
$1.25 Million
PRINCIPAL
Clay Aurell, AIA
PROJECT MANAGER
Diana Costea
DESIGN TEAM
Josh Blumer, AIA | Karmen Aurell | Diana Costea | Schuyler Bartholomay | Joel Herrera
GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Nathan Modesette - BOMO Design
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
David Johnson Landscaping | CommonGround
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Taylor & Syfan