Split House in California Offers Sustainable Summer


Split House by Kovac Design Studio

The Split House in Santa Monica, Calif., imagined by Kovac Design Studio, is eye candy for the design hungry. Resting on a ground-floor volume protecting privacy by opening only to the garden, the private second floor appears to be split in the middle. A bridge connects the bedrooms upstairs, which also can be reached from outside.

Split House by Kovac Design Studio (1)

“The home’s primary conceptual move is the placement of the master suite and bedrooms in dual, hull-like volumes on the second level,” the architects say. “The forms are clearly separate, yet are responsive to each other, and create a fluid double-height space in their interstice.

“The nautical, tropical feel continues at the rear of the property, where a gangway connects the second floor to the pool area. Beyond is an intimately scaled cabana, which accommodates a guest suite.”

Split House by Kovac Design Studio (2)

The wooden ceilings give the open spaces a soft appeal rooted in nature. As natural light flows inside, the warm timber plays an important role in grounding the design. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass railings upstairs allow lots of natural light. The wooden ceiling continues outside, shaping a connection to overhangs meant to protect from overexposure to the sun.

The modern Southern California home features sustainable technology: “The home was designed with green practices in mind; LED lighting is used throughout, and photovoltaic panels are incorporated into the roof,” the architects say. “The hulls are clad in a composite of rice hulls and mineral oil that simulates wood, but is far more robust and sustainable.”

This incredible home is listed for sale at $ 7.1 million, so you have a chance to make it your own and enjoy summer all year long.

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