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Tramonto Residence in Pacific Palisades, California (USA) by ShubinDonaldson

Project name:
Tramonto Residence
Architecture firm:
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, United States
Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Photography
Principal architect:
Russell Shubin, Robin Donaldson
Design team:
Bradford Kelley (Senior Design Manager),
Acoustical: Newson Brown Acoustics LLC. Audiovisual: Audio Command Systems. Woodwork: Miller Woodworking
Interior design:
Magni Kalman Design
Built area:
17000 f²
Site area:
87120 f²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Fuscoe Engineering
Structural engineer:
John Labib & Associates
Environmental & MEP:
Vision Mechanical Services
HBE Landscape Architects, Calvin Abe
HLB Lighting Design
Tools used:
Winters-Schram Associates
Concrete, wood, steel, glass
Stonemark Construction Management
Residential › House

ShubinDonaldson: Nestled in the Pacific Palisades foothills, the Tramonto Residence is a contemporary single-family home which integrates the natural beauty of an adjacent state park. The placement of the home captures vistas overlooking the canyon, the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains, and the California coastline meeting the Pacific Ocean.

The diffusion of the built form defines the approach for this 17,000 sqft home into the surrounding landscape. The two-acre site embraces steep topography and contends with the context to inform the building’s siting and orientation. Each portion of the home is terraced into the natural contours of the hillside, breaking up the overall building mass while using its sub-grade structure to reinforce the hillside.

The program consists of two principal masses terracing with the natural contours of the site defined by a limited material palette of limestone, high-performance glazing, and dark ipe wood. Tramonto’s design appropriates two open terraces, one outward semi-public and another inward and private. A feature stair triangulates the circulation around a reflecting pool leading to a mezzanine and bridge mirroring the sculpted assembly and balancing the dialogue with the building’s geometry.

Tramonto Residence negotiates the challenging topography through defined massing and a natural, elegant material palette. The design of the residence exemplifies the principles of indoor/outdoor living afforded by embracing the temperate climate and natural beauty of the landscape and surrounding coastal bluffs.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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