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ARCHIVE DESIGN GROUP
Matt Goff and Zoran Pevec established Archive Design Group back in 2009. Upon creating their firm, they had a vision for detail-oriented custom design with an emphasis on craft and context. Archive Design Group specializes in high-end single-family residences.
APPROACH TO DESIGN
“OUR SIGNATURE DETAIL IS NOT A DETAIL, BUT AN APPROACH.”
With every project, Archive Design Group looks at the physical surrounding of the specific site and the historical precedence in the area. They examine what has been done in the area and make every project particular to the place. Archive Design Group also tailors their designs to how people live today. They’ve seen a more modern trend of great room spaces, which are perfect for today’s lifestyle needs such as spending time with family and hosting friends. Archive Design Group’s projects end up being a fusion of historical and contemporary, and their style is ever-evolving depending on the project.
Archive Design Group is seeing a lot of modern design internationally. Countries around the world are utilizing natural material with modern purity in the layout. They have seen good use of natural lighting and passive ventilation techniques. Archive Design Group values high-end construction quality and sustainable development. They would like to see more sustainability models used such as fire resistant architecture in high fire zones. They would also like to see more contextual architecture—designing homes to fit within the natural environment and deriving style from cultural and historical precedence.
Archive Design Group is currently working on projects in Venice, Malibu, and Hollywood Hills. They have also completed projects in the Santa Barbara area. Their project in Hollywood Hills is currently under construction. For this project, they are pulling from Asian cultures and going for a Shangri-la look. This property is high on a hill, overlooking the entire city. Archive Design Group’s approach to this site is interesting and unusual—unlike other properties in the area, they pushed the building to the side and have the central courtyard and view as the home’s focal point.
La Ladera is one of Archive Design Group’s favorite projects and happens to be one of our current listings.
Archive Design Group on La Ladera: “This hillside single-family residence located in Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara, California is about quarter-mile from the Pacific and at 300 feet in elevation. Set amidst mature Oaks and Canary Island Date Palms, the home is intended to be a private and casual compound. It is keyed into the hillside towards the top of the site and is oriented to maximize views towards the ocean, above the tree canopy of the neighborhood. The building footprint runs in a staggered linear formation with incremental courtyards on the ocean side to offer generous access to garden space natural light, and ventilation, while offering buffer zones between various parts of the program. The massing is broken up diagrammatically into three main parts: The heavy stone-clad (Santa Barbara Limestone) plinth on the lower level, the light colored smooth stucco Spanish style bungalows on the upper level, and the wood-clad (Ipe wood) circulation corridor running the length of the home, and tying everything together. The majority of the landscaping of the 2.3 acre site is intended to be naturalistic, with the exception of the walled desert garden and the stepped, blue entry garden on the high side of the home as well as the poolside lawn which is dotted with King Palms, and is more tropical in its language.”
“We seek like-minded clients that value and appreciate design, and desire a home that is a perfect fit for the way they want to live, work, and play.”
Andy, Dave, and Mary began their practice together in Santa Barbara over thirty years ago with a shared passion for art and design. Their goal has always been to collaborate with people to create great design, and to enjoy the process along the way. NMA enjoys helping their clients and friends build their California dream. The NMA team takes pride in creating timeless, sustainable homes that will make their clients most happy and capture their true sense of place. NMA’s work spans a wide range of design styles and home sizes, from very large estates to small remodels and additions, from classic traditional styles to very modern contemporary designs, and everything in-between.
APPROACH TO DESIGN
NMA finds inspiration for their award-winning home designs within their clients’ unique needs, desires, and the beautiful Santa Barbara natural environment. Their approach to their design work at NMA has evolved directly from Santa Barbara’s environmentalist ways. They have a couple of net-zero homes in the works—meaning that on an annual basis the homes will create as much energy as they consume.
“Green design is good design. It’s what we do. And it’s our wholehearted contribution to our community’s strong ongoing environmental legacy.”
NMA Architects are happy to see these days that green design is in the forefront, and is here to stay. For the Santa Barbara community, environmentalism has become second nature. Recycling, water conservation, solar power, electric cars, high efficiency building design standards, the Community Environmental Council, the annual Santa Barbara Earth Day festival… Santa Barbara continues to be in the forefront of creating a healthier, sustainable world and way of living.
Up and coming:
“One upcoming project that is near and dear to our hearts is the Carpinteria Arts Center. Every year NMA selects a worthwhile community project and we provide our services pro bono. It’s our way of giving back to our community that has been so good to us. Carpinteria Arts Council is a great grass-roots based non-profit origination that supports the arts focusing on art education for children. We have helped them reimagine and renovate an old dilapidated downtown Carpinteria building into their new community art center. Working with all the passionate community volunteers has been very rewarding. We’re excited to see the art center completed in the coming months.”
Past projects in Santa Barbara:
Santa Barbara Beach Residence is a quintessential large estate located on beautiful property right on the coast. It’s a classic traditional California board and batt beach style home with a casual elegance that is a perfect fit for the beach!
The Thayer Residence is a smaller size home located in the classic Montecito Hedgerow district. Our design is a modern interpretation of the traditional shingle style architecture. It’s Zen-like simplicity and elegance strikes a real chord with many people.
Carpinteria Foothills Residence is beautiful contemporary home melded with an amazing native oak riparian site. The ridgeline property and home overlook stunning ocean views that afford true indoor-outdoor California living.
OPPORTUNITY awaits! View our vacant land estates
Surrounded by several renowned vineyards, this 75+/- acres of vineyard rests at the heart of Happy Canyon. With the fantastic potential for an estate site, the property boasts plenty of space to build an expansive home and equestrian facilities alongside the vines. Irrigation and electricity are already available on the property, and graded all-weather roads wind throughout the vineyard to a stunning lookout spot. Situated in what is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful locations, this vineyard property presents the rare opportunity for a turnkey farming operation, an already distinguished vineyard, and a wonderful estate site all in a sought-after piece of the world.
Perched in the foothills above the riviera and down a private gated lane, this incredible 4+ acre building site offers a front row sear to experience the best of Santa Barbara’s incredible beauty. Both a world away and yet not too far from the best of Montecito and downtown Santa Barbara, this blank canvas is ready for a masterpiece. The flat building pad in a prime location includes utilities to the site and offers an ideal location for a new estate.