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James McGarry

James McGarry

Santa Monica, CA, US

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Banman Live-Work Airplane Hangar

The Banman Hangar was created as the model for the developing Santa Paula Airpark, a fly-in community.  The project employs a pre-engineered steel building, so the design challenge was to create a combination of modern and contemporary aesthetic with a thematic concept of aviation and homemaking alike.

With the name and signage of the Mystery Hangar, the structure maintains its corrugated metal walls and cavernous space, allowing room for a restored 1930s golden yellow and red Piper Cub to sit naturally next to a late model, bright red Porsche. The theme is set as past and present come together inside as a mixture of industrial colors and metallic textures blend with soft furnishings and a pop of red throughout.

The lighting design gives a sense of foreground, middle, and background, which creates an intimate feeling in a large open space.  The lighting design and placement, higher near the hangar door and lower in the living and kitchen areas, creates the feel of an intimate home space while still allowing for airplanes and cars to be highlighted against the backdrop of sofas and kitchen appliances.

It is the angles of the hangar that allow for living space to exist in harmony with the hangar space. Three 45-degree walls give the sense of space opening up as one gets further away from the bathroom and bedroom/office area and into the hangar bay. 

 
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Status: Built
Location: Santa Paula, CA
My Role: Designer with Temple & Associates
Additional Credits: Lighting by Peter Vassel
Photos by Ted Temple
General Contracting by Bill Lindsay

 
Exterior
Exterior
Opened Bi-fold Door
Opened Bi-fold Door
Wing-shaped Kitchen Island
Wing-shaped Kitchen Island
Cross-sections
Cross-sections
Kitchen Elevations
Kitchen Elevations
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
Lighting Plan
Lighting Plan
Mystery Hangar at dusk
Mystery Hangar at dusk

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