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B l a c k b i r d

Architects, Inc.

places to live


bbird.com • 235 palm ave. 93101 • santa barbara • 805.957.1315 • mail@bbird.com


Our firm With you, Blackbird Architects seeks poetry and elegance. Devoted to the art and science of design, our fullservice practice helps clients realize spaces of repose and joy. We use common sense and an economy of means. It should be fun.

Home is about you. Our job is to hear you, understand the site, and create a memorable place that belongs to both.

Reflect…relax and refocus

Our work With you, we design using proven technologies - in innovative ways - to realize spaces of clarity, beauty and superb function. We emphasize collaboration with the client, as well as with creative and technical colleagues. Merging architecture, landscape, and sustainable design fosters rich experiences of place and site.

Nourish…yourself, your family and friends

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Gather…joyfully and effortlessly

We hope the following vignettes convey our breadth of experience, as well as the thoughtfulness and sensitivity we hold essential in the design of a home.

Connect…with site, with others


poetic

With you, Blackbird seeks poetry and elegance.

Boise Residence | Boise ID


start...

getting to know the site & you

collaborative design

permitting & entitlement

material selection & interior design

factory visits

mock-ups

construction observation

construction administration

...finish


The process of realizing your home should be rewarding and it should be a pleasure.

process

We are with you from start to finish.

It is only through the work of teams that projects of vision and substance are realized. Blackbird leads the collaborative endeavor, and takes pride in building good relations as well as good places. Like-minded yet diverse, our personnel bring expertise from different countries, cultures and endeavors. We find that people with diverse backgrounds offer unique points of view and lead us to new and unexpected discoveries. As good listeners, we translate your needs into thoughtful design. Our process, with you, is iterative and defined by collaborative exchange. Design options are conveyed through a variety of strikingly clear graphic techniques. The result should be a home that is an expression of what’s within you.


repose

Thoughtfulness and sensitivity.


reflect Relax and refocus. We carefully tune the design of your home to make connections between the outside world and moments in your daily life.

tranquility


contemplate


refocus


Mountain Drive Residence | Santa Barbara CA


Hope Ranch Residence | Santa Barbara CA


The palette of a project is another scale at which the design of a home can be a reflection of you. We guide you through the process of thoughtfully selecting materials, textures and colors that you will touch and see on a daily basis. Our approach uses materials to add to the positive identity, experience and function of the building and landscape. Enhance comfort and convenience through proven low-cost, high-impact finishes. Select materials and systems that reduce initial costs and ongoing lifecycle costs. Take advantage of what is free – natural light and air.

palette

Materials and textures shape experience.


Hope Ranch Residence | Santa Barbara CA


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Hope Ranch Residence | Santa Barbara CA


envision

Helping you imagine and realize places of repose and joy.

Hope Ranch Residence | Santa Barbara CA


community

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indulge

project name Making you| happy. project location


nourish ‌yourself, your family and friends. Your home should intrigue the mind, delight the soul and refresh the eye.


peaceful

luxuriate


refresh

A rejuvenating place that nurtures your well being.

Coyote Residence | Montecito CA


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Mountain Drive Residence | Santa Barbara CA


delight


We start the design process by asking how you will use your home, how will you use your land and how can the house assist in your appreciation and enjoyment of both. What makes you happy? Often, it is not about anything sensational or exotic that is sought - a connection to the outdoors, a space for enjoying a great meal with family and friends, elegant detail and simplicity. Much of the joy in designing a home comes from setting the stage for glorious moments of delight, fun and laughter. A home is not sedentary, it is actively tucked into the land, protects and elevates its inhabitants, lights you in the day and cloaks you at night, encourages movement and lets you rest.

savor

‌the meal, the moment, the place.


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Mission Canyon Residence | Santa Barbara CA


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Mission Canyon Residence | Santa Barbara CA


effortless

Setting the stage for moments of delight, fun and laughter.

Canyon Road Residence | Montecito CA


reunite

Creating opportunities for engagement.


gather welcome

‌joyfully and effortlessly at home. Together, we can create a warm place for you to come home to. warmth


comfort

Spaces of clarity, beauty and warmth.


elegant

Celebrate simplicity.


Montecito Residence | Montecito CA


connected


together

A home is a place for gathering – a place to celebrate the intimate relationships between building, people, and landscape through the creation of unique living environments defined by warmth and beauty.

We are honored by our client’s courage and the trust they have put in us to design a place for not only themselves but also their family and friends. Our clients support, inspire and challenge us to curate the exact right amount of each element – light and air, fire and water, stone, metal and wood, flora and soil – to realize spaces of clarity, beauty and superb function. hearth


home

An expression of what’s within you.

Country Cottage | Santa Barbara CA


Nicholas Lane Residence | Santa Barbara CA


site

Merging architecture and landscape fosters rich experience of place and site.


connect ‌with site, with others. Where you live should re-sensitize you to nature, to your surroundings.


outside in

Interior spaces should spill out into the landscape.


The long-term benefits of building green are overwhelming and increasingly resonate with our residential clients. Our approach to sustainability is finding project specific solutions that meet your goals. We can design buildings that generate more power than they use, collect and purify runoff water, include no toxins, glow with natural sunlight, are naturally temperate by bathing you in fresh air. Since its inception, Blackbird Architects has been a passionate advocate for environmental stewardship through sustainable design. We are committed to the 2030 Architecture Challenge. Sustainability is about more than crossing items off a checklist or tabulating numbers for an energy budget. We look for green strategies that add value to a project in multiple ways including positive contributions to experience and aesthetics. This methodology can achieve a very green project at little to no extra cost. project name | project location

sustainability

Building green is not about sacrifice; it is actually about getting more‌more pleasure, more beauty, more life.


Refugio Residence | Santa Ynez CA


nature

Making connections between the outside world and moments in your daily life.


landscape


place

Where you live can connect you with nature.

A home and its environs should become an integrated landscape for experience and enjoyment.

Understanding the sensuous order of the site is our first step in creating spaces where one can be easily and naturally oriented. Bringing the outside in is about creating a sense of being at home in a place. Buildings are one important piece of a much larger picture. Architecture and landscape can be one – with outdoor rooms becoming as important as the interior spaces. By blurring the distinction between indoors and out – by embracing the unique landscape of your site - your home and your way of living will be as unique and varied as the many forms of geography, topography and climate. views


Coyote Residence | Santa Barbara CA


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Coyote Residence | Santa Barbara CA


ecology

Nurture relationships between building, people and landscapes.


Coyote Residence | Santa Barbara CA


memorable

Your home should intrigue the mind, delight the soul and refresh the eye.


Selected Awards

Recent Residential Project List

Chrysalis Award - Excellence in Adaptive Reuse Design | Micheltorena Residence

small Ortega Residence, Santa Barbara CA, 2995 sf Country Cottage, Santa Barbara CA, 800 sf Mountain Prefab, Santa Barbara CA, 710 sf Calvary Road Residence, Santa Barbara CA, 1900 sf Nicholas Lane Residence, Santa Barbara CA, 2900 sf Micheltorena Residence, Santa Barbara CA, 1500 sf

Chrysalis Award - Excellence in Adaptive Reuse Design | Alma Rosa Tasting Room American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) | Regional Merit Award | Coyote Residence American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) | Regional Merit Award | A Community on the Green - MTD Housing Green Business Award - Santa Barbara County Green Business Program AIA California Council & Great Valley Center | First Prize Honor Award | Design Competition - Housing the Next 10 Million AIA Santa Barbara Chapter | Merit Award | Van Atta Design Studios Santa Barbara office building Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards | Van Atta Design Studios Santa Barbara office building + Watershed Resource Center American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) | Regional Honor Award | Lagoon Park: Living at the Edge of Wilderness (In collaboration with Van Atta Landscape Architects) American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) | National Honor Award | ‘Casa Nueva’ Santa Barbara office building

medium ( > 3000 sf ) Boise Residence, Boise ID, 3200 sf Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara CA, 3800 sf Palomar Road Residence, Ojai CA, 3700 sf San Ysidro Residence, Montecito CA, 3000 sf Shaw Ranch Residence, Pasadena CA, 3600 sf

large ( > 5000 sf ) Arbolado Residence, Santa Barbara CA, 6071 sf Coyote Residence, Santa Barbara CA, 6400 sf Canyon Road Residence, Montecito CA, 6685 sf Hope Ranch Residence, Hope Ranch CA, 8600 sf Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara CA, 6700 sf Refugio Residence, Santa Ynez CA, 7650 sf Montecito Residence, Montecito CA, 5000 sf Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara CA, 6700 sf


B l a c k b i r d

Architects, Inc.

bbird.com • 235 palm ave. 93101 • santa barbara • 805.957.1315 • mail@bbird.com

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