From desert modern to adobe vernacular, the American Southwest is home to some of the country's most innovative architecture. Here are a few of our favorite homes from the region.
Eight miles outside Salt Lake City, on the scenic edge of Emigration Canyon, two California natives erected Utah's first LEED for Homes-rated house. The compact family home is as scaled small as the local review board permits. Its petite imprint helped minimize excavation and preserve native oaks.
Inside a converted grain silo in Phoenix, architect Christoph Kaiser crafted a curved interior that matches the structure's circular footprint. From the cabinets to the sofa, everything had to be custom-made to fit the space. The Eames Wire Chairs are the sole exception.
Also in Phoenix, this renovated 1927 bungalow kept its historic bones while receiving a necessary update. The brick walls and tongue-and-groove wood ceiling were left unaltered, while the white oak flooring was refinished with a walnut stain.
In Las Vegas, a city where spectacle is everything, even the prefabs are larger-than-life. At the picturesque desert home of a casino executive, a pyramidal Skyspace structure invites visitors in for a chance to view the heavens through a ceiling cutout.
An eco-friendly update on regional vernacular, studio eM Design’s rammed-earth home in Corrales, New Mexico benefits from adobe's thermal properties as well as modern green strategies, such as a system of gutters that uses roof runoff to water the grass around the home.