Situated along the historic Cattletrack Arts and Preservation district, the “Cattletrack Compound” connects to Scottsdale’s authentic cultural heritage dedicated to artists and craftsmen. The area was originally homesteaded by George Ellis in the 30’s, and the Ellis property is a serene refuge rich with hand-built homes and studios, 3 of which are now on the national historic registry.

Our architectural response for our client’s property arranges diverse programs into several buildings. Each entity uses a consistent contemporary rustic palette, allows for artistic interventions, and places a special emphasis on referencing the scale and details found throughout the district. The plan is choreographed to recall an organic development of the site while landscape elements and a curving driveway guide one to experience the numerous activities. As one enters the property, the multi-use car barn is first discovered and incorporates an open space for displaying cars or hosting fundraising events. The upper floor office, gym, and view deck gaze over the abundant organic garden towards Camelback Mountain or towards the east to the McDowell Mountains.

The centerpiece between the winding driveway and garden is a massive desert masonry fireplace which anchors a trellised outdoor space, becoming a picturesque setting for a meal amongst the cultivated garden or beneath the stars. Towards the back of the property sits the more private programs: the main house, guest bungalows, and outdoor pool pavilion. The arrangement of these pavilion-like structures defines and draws attention to the sparkling pool surrounded by native desert vegetation.

The “Cattletrack Compound” pays homage to its neighboring art galleries and studios by sensitively using materials, not overpowering the neighborhood’s character, and encouraging artistic installations. Thus, it becomes another Cattletrack sanctuary hidden amongst the trees.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Square Feet: 8,400
  • Services Provided: Architecture, Interior Architecture
  • Landscape Design: GBTwo Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Design: Ownby Design
  • Lighting Design: Creative Designs in Lighting