Protected by a solid exterior shell of folding metal planes and ground-face masonry, this residence recalls the contrasting characteristics of a geode. Inside, glass extending up to the sloping roof fills the interior space with natural daylight. Here, the material palette lightens and becomes softer through a warm symphony of various wood species. Punctuations of metal and stone relate to the exterior shell while creating eye-catching and sophisticated contrasts in the interior spaces. Entering into the foyer, a lush courtyard emerges into view and this contained view contrasts against the great room’s distant views out towards Camelback Mountain. These courtyards are designed to maximize the benefits of our monsoon seasons by capturing and slowly releasing rainwater into series of basins that allow the landscape to grow lush and bountiful. On the southern exposure, the residence opens up and becomes more transparent, inviting the homeowners and their guests to venture out and explore the various terraces. The negative edge pool’s cascading water provides a soothing backdrop for areas designated for dining, gathering around the various fire features, and lounging beneath the open-air cabana.
- Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona
- Square Feet: 7,200
- Services Provided: Architecture
- Landscape Design: Colwell Shelor
- Interior Design: Wiseman and Gale Interiors
- Lighting Design: Creative Designs in Lighting