Two-Story 4x40ft and 1x20ft Shipping Container Home, Santa Barbara, California

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ArchitectureAB Design
BuilderBarber Builders
Area2,435 SF
Containers4x40ft, 1x20ft
LocationSanta Barbara, California

Description from architects:

How did the architects create a luxury, single-family container-based residence in Santa Barbara County that infused the owners’ distinct personalities?

Schulte Lane captures the essence of AB design studio’s ethos of “inspiration through collaboration.” From concept to completion, the studio strategically maintained a collaborative relationship with key stakeholders at every level to realize this high-end, container-based dwelling in Santa Barbara County—the first of its kind to be permitted in the area.

Entrusting AB design studio with their vision, the owners—an environmental attorney and a fashion stylist—wanted a sustainable and elegant contemporary home that complemented their personalities and occupational passions. The result is a two-story residence, seamlessly integrating five reclaimed shipping containers, nestled into the lush Santa Barbara hillside. The upper level consists of four 40-foot containers that form the master suite and bedroom spaces, separated by a dramatic central stairwell and corridor with skylight. On an open first floor plan, the architects combined living spaces and kitchen to create a center of activity and area for entertaining. The space’s main focal point is an exposed 20-foot shipping container that was transformed into a pantry and scullery.

AB design studio worked closely with Barber Builders to ensure a timely construction process, and with Greens Landscape, Inc. to create a drought-tolerant landscape. The architects incorporated green strategies, such as photovoltaic and bio-retention systems, along with high life-cycle materials, including concrete and structural steel. Together with McFadden Design Group, the studio balanced the rawness evoked by eco-conscious elements against highly refined interior spaces featuring weathered oak-stained wood, minimalist finishes, and modern fixtures. Blurring the line between indoor/outdoor spaces is an expansive floor-to-ceiling, folding glass door system that opens up to showcase unobstructed views of an 85-foot swimming pool and sweeping canyon vista.

LOT SIZE 96,270 SF
DESIGN TEAM Clay Aurell, AIA | Josh Blumer, AIA | Robert Pester
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Greens Landscape, Inc.
TITLE 24 Inger Associates

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About AB Design

AB design studio transforms ideas and concepts for living into buildings, spaces and experiences. Every aspect of design is thoughtfully executed with passion and attention to detail using an interdisciplinary approach based in the principles of ENVD, environmental design. We bring a modern understanding of architecture with an appreciation for a variety of architectural styles. Utilizing innovative techniques and thoughtful use of materials we explore the potential of each design in order to translate it into practical, responsible and buildable projects. Each project comes with its own set of opportunities, obstacles and considerations; to this we bring intentionality, experience and creativity.

AB design studio strives to unleash explorative context-based designs that allow us to creatively re-assess what a built environment can provide for its users and the future. We value creativity and a rigorous process of problem solving. ABds believes that creativity reaches well beyond the arts to affect disciplines in various industries. Problem solving isn't an ability, it's a mindset that drives people to proactively shape their environments. We believe that good design is good business.

Seeing is believing. We believe successful solutions are communicative, tangible and visible. AB design studio brings our projects to life using our unique visualization process. In addition to informing the assumptions in our design, this process produces highly creative and innovative concepts that emerge quickly and efficiently. The end result is a clear picture providing valuable project information that the project team and client can use to present and realize the design with local agencies, decision makers, consultants and builders.

Address in Santa Barbara, CA: 420 E HALEY ST SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101
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About Barber Builders

Don Barber, President & Founder of Barber Builders

Living and working on the Central Coast of California for more than 30 years, Don has set Barber Builders apart with a simple hard work approach to getting things done.

"My entire career has been about taking care of my clients needs with care and respect. I can't imagine doing it any other way. We're looking for great new challenges, and opportunities to grow our community with trust, care, and faith."

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Two-Story 4x40ft and 1x20ft Shipping Container Home, Santa Barbara, California