Barton Myers Describes His Montecito House (Video)

Image credit Ciro Coelho

Four years ago we showed tiny pictures of Barton Myers' extraordinary Montecito House. Myers was a huge influence on a generation of architects in Toronto; his first steel house there was an architectural icon. The Montecito House continues his experimenting with industrial materials and technologies, writ much larger. Architectural Record has just published a lovely video of it, with an interview of the architect.

I break my rule about covering big single family houses (twice yet!) because there is so much going on here, from the construction using off-the-shelf parts, to the discussion of how it is designed to make the outdoors into living space, part of the house. The architect writes:

The intention behind the design strategy is tectonic design research that creatively envisions a flexible prototype for mass-produced housing using steel construction and standardized off-the-shelf industrial components. Since a majority of all steel is manufactured from scrap metals from recycled automobiles it is a "green" material. The design advances concepts of adaptive space while creating a "kit of parts" that can be assembled into 12-foot modules as an alternative to the manufactured buildings mitigating the unpredictable link of manufactured units to serviced land.

Image credit Ciro Coelho, lots more at Archdaily

He concludes: "This residential design is the fourth iteration in an ongoing research project initiated in 1970," referring to that Toronto house that had such a profound influence on me when I was in Architecture school. It is wonderful to see how, after 40 years, an architect can still be evolving, improving and working on the same problem.

More on Barton Myers:
Barton Myers' Steel House : TreeHugger

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