American architecture firm ShubinDonaldson, have designed the Skyline Residence, a three-storey modern house in Santa Barbara, California, for their client, an industrial designer with a young family.
The home, located on a narrow hillside site, was built using a concrete and steel structural frame with Ipe wood screens, which also assist in cooling the house passively with ocean breezes.
On the ground level of the home is the garage and laundry, while on the middle level are the bedrooms and bathrooms, and the top level of the home is dedicated to the social areas.
Connecting the various levels of the home is a central staircase that cuts up through the home, with a skylight above that allows daylight to penetrate the home and light it from within.
At the top of the stairs is the main living areas and the kitchen, that have panoramic Pacific Ocean views looking south and west.