Santa Barbara – Famous Mid-Century Architect Rex Lotery designed the Santa Barbara contemporary as his final home in the early 90’s. Purchased in 2012 by Marc and Mara Dworsky (Mara is a well known Architect herself) they added the incredible art studio, pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and lounge addition and we completely remastered the landscape.
Conceptually we agreed to follow in Rex’s spirit of having contemporary lines contrasted by the wild experience of the hillside location. The landscape is a composition of California Native meets South Africa with emphasis placed on grand collections of some of the most unusual Aloes and other plant curiosities of the African Cape.
Truly focused on sustainability, all stormwater is held and treated on site with the addition of extensive bioswales and a Buffalo Grass meadow designed to flood and hold large storm events. Only the lowest meadow is mowed on occasion and the landscape is maintained without chemicals and produced an amazing array of fruits in its very first year… Those great Olive trees? African as well.