Place and Space explores the duality of Montalba Architect's approach to design, which combines the radical experimentation of 1970s and 1980s California with the calm precision of Swiss practice.
Place and Space
"Architecture is the realm where art, philosophy, and vision collide with the demands of reality. David Montalba’s Santa Monica based firm, Montalba Architects, strives to make a more explicit connection between function and place, using architecture as a framework that enhances both the experience and the qualities of the site. The projects in this book treat material and light as equal partners, using the visual language of modernism and a philosophy that values craft and collaboration just as much as aesthetics and poetry."
"The work of Montalba Architects is responsive to both the fundamentals of site, place, program, and client, and the process of experiential-driven refinement, an ongoing dialogue between the essentials of shelter and warmth and the potential offered by technology and materiality. The studio creates spaces and architecture that go well beyond pragmatic function to shape new spatial opportunities, taking materials and structural components to craft spaces infused with light and a sense of flow that seems to integrate. Architecture is fundamentally connected to the human condition, and, how space can shape a life."