Check Out This Cool Warm Modern Twist in California by Swatt Miers Architects
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. 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.
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).
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.
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