A Geometric Desert Home in Phoenix

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April 3, 2013
At the base of Echo Mountain in Phoenix, a geometric home by Wendell Burnette opens up to the surrounding desert landscape. Read Full Article
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  A lone saguaro marks the southwest corner of Thomas and Laura Hyland’s property, which is situated adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The structure’s main living volume is elevated and faced in glass, overlooking a descending pathway that leads to a pool tucked into the site.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    A lone saguaro marks the southwest corner of Thomas and Laura Hyland’s property, which is situated adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The structure’s main living volume is elevated and faced in glass, overlooking a descending pathway that leads to a pool tucked into the site.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  For the seating area, the couple selected a Charles sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia in addition to CH07 Shell chairs by Hans Wegner, a PK61 coffee table by Poul Kjærholm, and a Nesta rug from Design Within Reach. The dining table, an original design by Burnette, is surrounded by stools that belonged to a previous owner.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    For the seating area, the couple selected a Charles sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia in addition to CH07 Shell chairs by Hans Wegner, a PK61 coffee table by Poul Kjærholm, and a Nesta rug from Design Within Reach. The dining table, an original design by Burnette, is surrounded by stools that belonged to a previous owner.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  “The challenge was to render the site whole again after the original owner ‘bladed’ most of the creosote bush,” explains Debra Burnette, who concieved the landscape design.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    “The challenge was to render the site whole again after the original owner ‘bladed’ most of the creosote bush,” explains Debra Burnette, who concieved the landscape design.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  Burnette sought to maintain the property’s natural vegetation and rocky ground surface.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Burnette sought to maintain the property’s natural vegetation and rocky ground surface.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  "We created a bosque of ironwood (Olneya tesota), one of our most cherished indigenous tree species,” Debra explains.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    "We created a bosque of ironwood (Olneya tesota), one of our most cherished indigenous tree species,” Debra explains.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  The pool feels as laterally finite as the house feels spacious—but the view goes up forever.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    The pool feels as laterally finite as the house feels spacious—but the view goes up forever.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  The pool is sheltered on all sides by white plaster walls, a space envisioned by the architect as a volume that's "half terrace, half cool-water retreat...projected toward the canopy of the desert sky."  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    The pool is sheltered on all sides by white plaster walls, a space envisioned by the architect as a volume that's "half terrace, half cool-water retreat...projected toward the canopy of the desert sky."

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  The spacious home's floor plan.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    The spacious home's floor plan.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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