Sunday with the Architect Tour: Split-Light House
July 17, Tours at 11:00AM and 12:00PM
Santa Monica, CA

Sunday with the Architect Tour: Split-Light House

Sunday, July 17th. Tours at 11:00AM & 12:00PM
Santa Monica, CA.
Designed by (fer) studio, who will be leading the tour. 
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Similar to all of (fer) Studio's projects, the design of the house evolved through an intensive on going collaborative exchange of ideas and directions with the client. The most important design request the client required was a home with a lot of natural light. We wanted to achieve a flood of natural light through the center of the home so the design solution was a linear split (continuous linear skylight) spanning through the length of it. This prompted offsetting the second floor circulation from the first floor creating a continuous two-story volume of open space, naturally lit from above. This split became a central organizational spine, a main feature to the project. It naturally tracks the suns east/west path throughout the day, providing an ever changing sequence of daylighting experiences, as well as defining the main circulation route within.

The exterior form, a sequence of undulating architectural elements, is directly linked to the interior organization in plan and section, including views and natural lighting opportunities. Unlike the front façade with its strong street presence of glass and brick, the side yard, flanking a row of large pines, takes on a more private character. The brick transitions to a dark stained cedar siding playing off the green pine trees and the façade conceals to reveal only select window opportunities.

All in all, the overall the exterior character is a response to various urbanistic conditions (scale, orientation, landscape, context, solar, etc.) that when merged with interior organization, give direction to the design. Together, the intersection of the interior and exterior conditions formally drive the shape and material of the completed house.

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