AIA Santa Barbara ArchitecTours 2017

Posted on Oct 4 by SEASONS Magazine

The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara (AIASB) hosts its 9th annual ArchitecTours event, inviting the public out for a day of exploring Santa Barbara’s architectural gems on October 7.

This year the AIASB tour celebrates “Living with Water,” a theme that encourages members of the community to embrace water conservation and management within their own homes. The purpose of this year’s tour is to demonstrate how water can be successfully integrated into our built environment.

ArchitecTours is a celebration of local architecture and cultural identity. The six sites on the tour showcase the knowledge and expertise of AIA architects in urban design, sustainability, structural improvements, building materials and historic renovation. Tour participants get a behind-the-scenes look at exceptional properties and observe how architects transform ordinary spaces through innovative design solutions.

Barnick House, courtesy photo.

Barnick House, Warner Group Architects, courtesy photo.

The Barnick House is one of the homes featured on the tour. The Warner Group Architects Inc. recently completed this bluff-top residence in Hope Ranch. The design is inspired by the ocean, showcasing its ocean view through expansive glass walls encased by a clean, white façade and hardwood accent paneling. A travertine runway flanked by illuminated pools leads to the entrance, and custom in-wall aquariums divide the foyer from the dining room. The home opens to an outdoor terrace with a pool and cliff-side seating area. A path descends down the bluff to the beach, emphasizing another connection to the “Living with Water” theme. Water and the surrounding environment are crucial components of the home’s aesthetic and design.

Toro Canyon Residence, Barton Myers Associates, courtesy photo.

Up next is the Toro Canyon Residence from Barton Myers FAIA. The roofs of the pavilions function as shallow ponds that terrace down the hillside. Water is a distinctive and integral element of the design. Each roof pool spills into a holding trough, which can be used as a backup reservoir for protection in case of fire. The use of onsite water is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functions as insulation while creating a lap pool for swimming at the edge of the pond in front of the main house.

HO:ME, AB Design Studio Inc., courtesy photo.

HO:ME is a dynamic two-story home constructed out of shipping containers, concrete and steel. Sustainability is a major concern for both the architects and the homeowners, making this site a perfect stop for the ArchitecTours. Its sustainable design is illustrated with the repurposed shipping containers, robust solar panel system and fuel cells that power the home, solar orientation with daylighting and shading devices, and water resource management with a grey-water harvesting program and low-flow fixtures throughout the home. The site is also designed with a bio-retention system to manage storm runoff, collecting and reusing the water for landscape irrigation.

Greek Inspired Residence, Thompson Naylor Architects, courtesy photo.

This small footprint home Greek Inspired Residence is an important stop on the tour because it is one of the earliest examples of local green building in Santa Barbara County. The owners were eager to minimize their use of water and energy, and they wanted to maximize the use of recycled materials. They worked with Thompson Naylor Architects to consciously design the house as a model for low-impact living.  Several water conservation elements are incorporated into the design—roof water drains to four 1,000 gallon underground cisterns and a grey water system from the sinks, showers, and washing machine supplies water for the landscape, which is a drought resistant Mediterranean garden with olive trees.

Other stops on ArchitecTours include “The Greenhouse,” a Montecito home from Thompson Naylor Architects and MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, from AB Design Studio Inc. The self-guided tour takes place October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the after-party is from 4–6 p.m at SBCAST. Five percent of ticket proceeds is donated to a local nonprofit.

Tickets are available for purchase here. For additional information about the tour call 805/966-4198.

Lohana Richmond

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