Mimicking nature
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Mimicking nature

The roof of the 1955 Miles C. Bates house, shown after construction, follows the slope of the mountains.

 (Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara)
Roof construction

The roof was built of long wooden dowels that nest within the concave sides of alternating slats — an interlocking system that simulates a supple spine.

 (Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara)
Alteration

A clumsy 1960s two-bedroom addition to the home partially hides an original block wall facade.

 (Laura Orozco )
Architect’s vision

A rendering of the Miles C. Bates house designed by Walter S. White.

 (Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara)
Architect

Walter S. White designed the 1955 home.

 (Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara)
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