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Tramonto Residence

Lead DesignersRussell Shubin
Design TeamRobin Donaldson, Bradford Kelley
Project LocationPacific Palisades, California
CreditsPhotography by: Roger Davies & Fernando Guerra
Prize(s)Bronze in Architecture Categories / House
Entry Description

Nestled in the foothills of the Pacific Palisades, the 17,000sf Tramonto Residence integrates the challenging topography through defined massing with its center rooted deeply into the terrain. The building's siting and orientation contends with the steep topography by terracing each volume into the natural contours, breaking up the building mass, and using its sub-grade structure to reinforce the hillside. The design exemplifies performative indoor/outdoor principles with natural lighting, passive ventilation, and shading strategies that add warmth and contrast to the material palette.


ShubinDonaldson is an Award-Winning Architecture Firm known for creating thoughtfully conceived and exquisitely executed interiors, modern luxury homes, and ground-up buildings.

ShubinDonaldson(SD) was founded in 1991 by Robin Donaldson, AIA and Russell Shubin, AIA with a shared vision to provide architectural services for discriminating, ambitious clients who appreciate quality design. Mark Hershman joined SD in 2000 and has been elevated to partner in 2017.

Our work is conceived with attention to value, authentic material expression, and exquisitely executed details, on time and on budget.