OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. That’s how I like to describe this estate. One of our readers, Adam Cunningham, was kind of enough to share this AMAZING estate with all of us! The proposed estate included the main residence Villa Te’, which looks like an Italian Byzintine village and the proposed Tea House, Pool House, 5 Guest Houses, Stables and Gate house. It was supposed to be built on the 350 acre Tea Gardens property located in Santa Barbara, CA, however the home was never built. The owner purchased the land and hired architect Kurt Wenner to designer her ultimate dream home. There are a lot of restrictions for height and for excavating in the city, so they designed the main house to be built mostly into the hillside, which allowed them to say it was only about 17,000 square feet…you don’t count the square footage of space that is subterranean based on the County Design Guidelines. Adam estimates that the house would have been about 40,000 square feet. The location for the house was up on a hilltop where the old reservoir once was. The plan was to rebuild the reservoir as a lake that would be between the Main House and the Pool House with the pool in the middle of the lake.

The Stables were to be built first so they could provide housing for all the Italian craftsman that were going to come over to build all the stone structures.  The Stables would have eventually house a few horses, but would still be used for staff and guests.

SUMMARY OF MAIN HOUSE:

The main entrance is on the top level and there is an elaborate dual stair down to the central main Living Room which faces out to the lake/pool.  Directly off the Living Room are two identical formal Dining Rooms on opposite sides.  The kitchen area is off to the left which includes an informal dining area.  Off the long corridor on this side of the house there are large foyer/reception areas that lead to the theater, wine cellar and elevator.  You will notice that the way into the Wine Cellar is a turnstile type door that will have hide the entrance to the room, two of the stiles would have statues and the other two would be where a person would push the turnstile to enter the room.

On the opposite side of the house is the Master Suite that includes a huge sunken tub area just off the sleeping chamber.  There are his and hers, circular bathrooms as well as another elevator.  The other room that you see with the other turnstile door is the Cloister Pool, which is a three story, subterranean area that will have an indoor pool below this level.  The entrance level will look down into the pool.  You will notice a curving hallway detail from the sleeping chamber…this is a ramp down to the pool for when the owner gets old and has to use a wheel chair, of course there is an elevator to get back up.

The top floor of the house not only has the main entrance, but also the two Guest Suites and the volumne ceiling areas of the main Living Room and the Cloister Pool ceiling volume.

SUMMARY OF LOWER GUEST HOUSES:

Just above the location where the Stables were to be built, the “Dancer House” 3 bedroom guest house with it’s butterfly floor plan shape was to be located.

Across the driveway down the hill a bit, just above the Gate House, the “Certosa”  5 bedroom guest house would sit.

Up the driveway a bit, where an old reservoir sits, the “Actor House” 3 bedroom guest house would have been situated in the middle of a lake using the old stone damn as the southern edge of the structure with lake front terraces for the master bedroom and kitchen…the 29’x29′ Living room would also be used as a Recital room.

Off to the East, the “Cloister” 2 bedroom guest house would feature an open roofed central cloister.

PICTURES

Picture #1 – Main House Rendering

Picture #2 – Perspective View

Picture #3 – Ground Floor Plan

Picture #4 – Top Floor Plan

Picture #5 – Roof Plan

Picture #6 – South Facade

Picture #7 – Living Room Rendering

Picture #8 – Gate House Facade

Picture #9 – Gate House Elevation

Picture #10 – Gate House Plan

Picture #11 – Stable Elevation

Picture #12 – Stable Floor Plan

Picture #13 – Guest House (Dancer) Elevation

Picture #14 – Guest House (Dancer) Floor Plan

Picture #15 – Guest House (Certosa) Elevation

Picture #16 – Guest House (Certosa) Floor Plan

Picture #17 – Guest House (Cloister) Elevation

Picture #18 – Guest House (Cloister) Floor Plan

Picture #19 – Guest House (Actor) Elevation

Picture #20 – Guest House (Actor) Floor Plan

  • Grrrowler

    The word “folly” comes to mind. it’s fascinating from a creating/imagination perspective but I wonder what it would have been like in reality. The concept of the central great house and several smaller guest houses is San Simeon-like. Kenny, when were the plans drawn up, and any idea why it wasn’t built?




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    • Nalin

      this house is truly a feat of architecture, but its definitely better that it wasn’t built. If Versailles in Fl is evidence for anything, its that this house was better off not built. the builder would have most likely come to his senses half way through construction and tried to sell it (unsuccessfully)




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  • Cole

    That is pretty amazing.




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  • Daniel

    Plans are pretty cool, but I think it is just too crazy to be considered livable in this day and age. Obviously houses exist that are double or triple the estimated square footage, but I have a feeling the home would suffer on quality and materials used. I’m gonna estimate that to make it look authentic both inside and out would have cost $100 million+, and that’s a number reserved only for the absolute best locations in the world…not that Santa Barbara isn’t nice, it just isn’t *that* nice.

    It is nice to see that someone has a great imagination, but dare I say, I’m kinda glad it only remained on paper.




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  • Siobhan

    Bananas. What fun to imagine and draw, but definitely best left on paper and in our minds.




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  • Jon

    Really cool idea but like mentioned already, i am glad it was left on paper. Rebuilding the reservoir and putting the pool house in the middle is my favorite thing.




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  • Venom

    Freaking amazing.
    To any billionaires out there, please please build this.
    I need to find some billionaire heiress to marry so she can build me this home as a wedding present:)




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  • Nalin

    this house looks like a puzzle or an MC Escher drawing. somebody could totally get lost in that thing




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    • Grrrowler

      Escher…that’s exactly it. I was looking at the drawings thinking the style looked familiar but I couldn’t place it.




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      • Barney

        Absolutely agree with you guys……I personally got dizzy & naseous looking at this place, and I’m not kidding. I’ll say it in french ” Sacre’ bleu!! PSYCHOTIQUE!!!”

        This place looks like a proposed and rejected set design from a Harry Potter movie. It reminds of the original Big Bang theory………..

        EVERYTHING. EVERYWHERE. EVERY WAY. NON-STOP. EVERYDAY.

        Horrible!!




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  • Stewie

    Yuck. What the hell is that? Good it was never built, it looks like a place where gremlins live




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  • J

    Sorry but you can’t compare this place to Versailles in Orlando, FL. This place has FAR more land, a much better location and isn’t essentially a big box like Versailles is, at least this place has good design and the architect tried.




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  • Tay

    Why do people really think that they can pull off the whole taj mahal, self-dedicated-palace routine? It’s the twenty first century! Get with the times….




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  • Kieran

    That is something else




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  • Nate

    Although this thread is 3 years old I have to post. Hopefully someone is still following this…

    I think this creation is an absolutely stunning achievement in imagination and creation. First of all, who cares if it isn’t practical. An estate like this is truly magical and fit for royalty….or any of the multimillionaires or billionaires out there. This entire estate could cost easily upwards $250,000,000…IF it were executed with only the most meticulous attention to detail, craftsmanship, and passion.

    I have studied this main house for hours… and although I have much to comment on, criticize, praise, and even marvel at… I do have to point out that the description above of the His & Her circular baths is wrong. These two circular room on the Master Wing are in fact His and Hers Studies. The Master Bathroom is singular and shared. The sinks are sequestered in alcoves off the Spa/Tub area, while the circular shower and adjacent water closet (toilets) are opposite this area.

    Anyway… I’d love to discuss this with whomever out there is still following and/or interested…




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