Montecito Residence
Designed by Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects, the Montecito Residence is a work of high contrast: a single-family home set in the fire-prone area of Toro Canyon in Santa Barbara County, California. Provoked by their surroundings, design lead Tom Kundig and his team selected building materials to withstand the landscape’s potential harshness. From HGTV, “The intricate system of rolling steel shutters and glass garage doors are designed to lock the house down in the event of a wildfire. Able to withstand temperatures of up to 1,600 degrees for a short period of time, it could protect the home and its inhabitants just long enough for the fire department to arrive.” At the same time, the house is a work of high energy. The raised roof functions as an umbrella, prot...


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