Toro Canyon is a residence sited in a picturesque mountain canyon in Montecito, with panoramic views of the Channel Islands to the south and mountain peaks to the north. The siting strategy was to make a series of smaller, discrete interventions, thus preserving and enhancing the natural landscape of the site. The house is comprised of a procession of four steel loft buildings positioned on three terraces that ascend the length of the site. A 500 sf garage and 1000 sf guest house are located on the lower terrace, the 2800 sf main residence on the intermediate terrace, and a 1400 sf ancillary/archives building on the upper terrace. The sequence of these structures utilizes the site contours to minimize the impact upon the landscape, while its north/south orientation takes maximum advantage of the southern exposure and beautiful views. Each building is an exposed structural steel frame, with a metal deck framing and concrete retaining walls and floors. The structures are open, loft spaces enclosed by glazed aluminum sectional doors, which can be opened and closed to varying degrees. North facing clerestory windows provide panoramic views to the mountains and provide ample natural ventilation by taking advantage of the ocean breezes that rise up the hillside. Galvanized rolling fire shutters above every opening protect from brush fires indigenous to the area and create a secondary envelope that provides additional insulation and sun control.