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Santa Monica Residence, California (USA) by (fer) Studio

Project name:
Santa Monica Residence
Architecture firm:
(fer) Studio – 1159 East Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood Ca 90302 310-672-4749 www.ferstudio.com [ Mercier Architects Inc., (fer) studio dba]
Santa Monica, CA, United States
John Gaylord
Principal architect:
Founder/President: Christopher L. Mercier
Design team:
Project Architect: Justin Williams & Matt Mojica. Team: Richard Soils, Elieen Tang
Interior design:
Vinh Diep - www.diepinc.com , 525 North Sycamore Avenue, Unit 320
Built area:
4648 ft²
Site area:
8942 ft²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
OBANDO AND ASOCIATES, INC - http://www.obandoandassociates.com/ , 4640 Admiralty Way Suite 500, Marina Del Rey Ca 90282
Structural engineer:
JOHN LABIB + ASSOCIATES - www.labibse.com , 209 E. El Segundo Blvd. El Segundo, Ca 90245
Environmental & MEP:
Design Build by General Contractor
[PLACE] http://plac-e.com/, 324 Sunset Avenue Suite E, Venice, California, 90291
(fer) Studio
(fer) Studio
(fer) Studio
Tools used:
Rhinoceros 3D, Adobe Photoshop
Kibo Group, Inc - http://kibo.com , 256 26th St Ste 201, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Wood Framing & Steel structure with concrete foundations. Façade – Veneer Face Brick, Smooth Stucco, Metal siding facia Panels, black stained Cedar siding. Interiors – Exposed painted Steel structure, painted gypsum board, walnut doors, frames and base boards, porcelain tile (1st floor) and ¾” walnut plank flooring (2nd floor)
Residential › Single Family House

(fer) Studio: One of major design requests the client required was a home with lots of natural light. Achievable on the exterior façade, we also wanted to light the center portion of the house. A linear split (continuous linear skylight) was introduced down the buildings length to allow for natural light to seep into the center of the house. 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.


By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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