Montrose Residence

Montrose, CA United States

Warren Techentin Architecture


Project Description

2012 RADA

Outbuilding / Merit

Stacking a guest apartment atop an existing garage, this backyard structure adds a workshop, overflow living space, and solar electricity to a maxed-out family home. The building’s angular, vertically oriented envelope works within the site’s constraints—which included a large shade tree—to secure views and optimize solar exposure. Rainscreen siding shades the exterior, while a remote-controlled skylight promotes stack effect–driven passive cooling. Our jury noted the project’s positive effect on its site. One judge said, “It activates the gardens in a very sculptural way.”


Project Details

Montrose Residence
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Project Team:
    Warren Techenten, Principal In Charge
  • General Contractor: Simon Sage 
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Project Size:
    484 sq ft
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Specified Products

Bathroom and Kitchen Fittings: Kohler,; Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures: Kohler; Cooktop: Miele,; Countertops: Caesarstone,; Flooring: Ultimate Bamboo; Green Products: Firestone Rubbergard roofing (recyclable),, Sheetrock gypsum board (recycled),; Hardware: Baldwin,; HVAC Equipment: Carrier,; Insulation: Bonded Logic,; Kitchen Cabinets: Ikea,; Oven and Refrigerator: General Electric,; Roofing: Johns Manville,; Skylights: Velux,; Solar Energy System: Uni-Solar,



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