Entirely Clad in Cor-Ten Steel, This Award-Winning Home by Fred Fisher Lists for $5.9M

Three chic pavilions and a central courtyard, connected by verandas, define this boxy but beautiful residence.

An acclaimed property designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners is once again for sale in southern California. Built in 2006, the 100-foot by 100-foot residence—clad entirely in Cor-ten steel—emerges from a valley near Santa Barbara. While the facade has faded into its surroundings after more than a decade of aging, the open-air interior retains a distinctly modern feel.

Punctuated by a central courtyard, the single-story residence was designed as a grid of 25-foot squares. Fisher selected corrugated Cor-ten steel for the facade and roof, all of which has since 'aged' to create a rich, earthy color that blends into the 19-plus acre property.

Punctuated by a central courtyard, the single-story residence was designed as a grid of 25-foot squares. Fisher selected corrugated Cor-ten steel for the facade and roof, all of which has since ‘aged’ to create a rich, earthy color that blends into the 19-plus acre property.

Photo courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway

The modernist home, originally commissioned by painter Jane Park Wells and her husband, comprises three separate pavilions—one each for living, sleeping, and working. The structure blends together open-air living spaces, verandas, and a central courtyard to connect the different pavilions. The home’s layout was originally inspired by Fisher’s interest in square and box designs, as well as Well’s square-shaped paintings.

A monolithic opening in the facade provides an entrance from the exterior into the courtyard. The property's extensive landscaping was completed by George Girvin, with outdoor lighting by designer Pamela Burton.

A monolithic opening in the facade provides an entrance from the exterior into the courtyard. The property’s extensive landscaping was completed by George Girvin, with outdoor lighting by designer Pamela Burton.

Photo courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway

Throughout the home, numerous sliding and pocket glass doors open the interior to the courtyard and surrounding landscape. Along the perimeter, overhangs of perforated Cor-ten steel provide shade from the sun and add a play of light across the facade. Inside, along with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, the contemporary property also offers a gym, yoga room, and sauna spread out across 6,500 square feet. 

A veranda connects the corner between two of the three pavilions. According to Fisher's website, the interior courtyard was designed to "protect the residents from harsh wind and sun while providing an alternative view of landscape, which is contemplative, serene, and quiet."

A veranda connects the corner between two of the three pavilions. According to Fisher’s website, the interior courtyard was designed to “protect the residents from harsh wind and sun while providing an alternative view of landscape, which is contemplative, serene, and quiet.”

Photo courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway

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