Swatt Miers Residences, California

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Swatt Miers Residences in California, USA

7 September 2023

Architects: Swatt Miers Architects

Location: California, USA

Swatt Miers Residences California

Photos courtesy of Tim Griffith

Swatt Miers Residences, California, USA

Bay Area firm Swatt Miers Architects (SMA) is highly regarded for creating timeless designs that celebrate the natural environment. Specifically, the firm uniquely melds the iconic, mid-20th century architectural forms of Los Angeles and Palm Springs with the Third Bay Area Tradition, most notably exemplified by Sea Ranch, a planned community located along the Pacific Coast in Northern California.

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To date, the studio’s portfolio includes more than 200 new-build luxury residences and speciality-use residential structures across California, Hawaii, Canada, India, and Spain.

Swatt Miers Homes California USA

Robert Swatt, FAIA, who co-founded the firm with George Miers, AIA, describes the studio’s aesthetic as “warm modern.” Raised in Los Angeles and educated at the University of California, Berkeley, Swatt counts early California modern masters among his notable influences, including influential architect and educator Ray Kappe (1927-2019), a co-founder of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Swatt Miers Homes California USA

Swatt Miers Homes California USA

Swatt Miers Homes California USA

As a way of defining the firm’s ethos, Swatt introduced basic principles for modern architecture that ensure projects are “knitted to the land”, designed from the inside out, and create connectivity, horizontally and vertically, with forms, both visually and physically, between the inside and outside.

Swatt Miers Residences California USA

Swatt Miers Residences California USA

“We approach projects with a curious mind, and bring thoughtfulness and consistency to our designs,” he explains. “It takes work to create a structure that is resonant in its simplicity and feels right.”

Swatt Miers Residences California USA

Swatt Miers Residences California USA

“Our philosophy is akin to jazz music,” adds Texas-born and San Francisco-raised George Miers, who studied under acclaimed post-modernists Charles Moore and Ricardo Legoretta, and the classicist Dolf Schnebli. In recent years, Miers has pioneered companion animal facilities, a project type which complements SMA’s residential work. “Our rigorous approach, commitment to consistency, and innovative thinking make us versatile designers who are in tune with our buildings’ occupants.”

Swatt Miers Residences California USA

Swatt Miers Residences California

Expansive Places, Intimate Spaces

Evident in the following custom residences is SMA’s deftness in shaping expansive architectural volumes for a human scale environment with transcendent sensitivity.

Happy Valley Residence

Located on a 2.3-acre parcel bordered by a year-round creek, this 10,800-square foot structure sits on the footprint of the previous one; this key design strategy preserves the mature landscaping.

Owyang House

Light, nature, and water set the stage for this minimally sculptural new structure, which includes two stories and a full basement encompassing 6,000 square feet.

Drury Court Residence

At this unique hillside setting with majestic Redwood trees, an abutting regional park, and stunning bay views, a new structure of 3 clear-span forms gracefully follow the sharply sloping site.
Model Transformations

In realizing these one-of-a-kind modern homes, SMA has established itself as sought-after creators of collectible architecture. In keeping with a sculptural tradition, the studio uses what Swatt describes as an “old school” design tool for almost all of its projects – physical design study models. Through the model-making process, SWA learns so much more about architecture than from 3-D computer modeling, which the studio also uses.

“We like to think of a Swatt Miers house as thoughtfully, luxuriously, and, sometimes, painstakingly hand-crafted, from concept to construction,” concludes Swatt.

Swatt Miers Residences California

Swatt Miers Residences California

About Swatt Miers Architects

Moving forward the modernist traditions that have inspired them, Swatt Miers Architects (SMA) creates sculptural structures that are purposeful, well-functioning, and timeless. Formed as a merger of two esteemed firms with distinct and notable practices, SMA coalesces the strengths and shared values of its co-founders in the continuing pursuit of creative challenges. The firm’s work is grounded in engaged and thoughtful problem solving for private and public architecture, and a fierce commitment to clients.

SMA’s architecture and interior design studio specializes in custom, modern designs across a wide spectrum of building types. The firm has received over 95 local, regional, and national design awards, most recently from the American Architecture Awards and the American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter, and most notably, from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the prestigious National Honor Award.

Swatt Miers Residences California

Photography: Tim Griffith

Swatt Miers Residences in California images / information received 070923 from v2com newswire

Location: Carmel Valley, California, USA

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