Collection by Jaime Gillin

The View From Phoenix

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Earlier this week, I spent two days in Phoenix, reporting a story for Dwell's upcoming December/January issue. My second afternoon, local architects Cy Keener and Jay Atherton offered to take me on a whirlwind tour of what's cool in their city. As a disclaimer Cy explained, as we trundled along in his white pickup, that in Phoenix, "'walking distance' is actually a five or ten minute drive" and that, sprawl notwithstanding, "if you know the places to go, you can live a wonderful life."

Our first stop was the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for '90 Days Over 100°,' the architectural duo's first art...
To enter the installation, you walk through a curtain made of curling lengths of polarfleece, and glimpse the exterior...
Next we stopped by the three-year-old Prayer Pavilion of Light, a minimalist chapel designed by local architects...
Keener leads the way through the chapel's entrance, through gigantic cast-bronze doors inscribed with the Lord's Prayer.
A highlight of the day was a visit to Wendell Burnette's house, which he built in 1995, at the same time as he worked...
My favorite detail in the kitchen.
The structure is split into two units, with the kitchen and living room connected to the bedrooms by an outdoor terrace...
Here's the "summer terrace," set in the shade below the main structure. You pass by it on your way up to the house.
I also enjoy the look of this poured-in-place concrete bathtub, though it looks somewhat rough on the back.
One of the things I was most excited to see was the Central Library's fifth floor, renowned for its acre-sized reading...
Love the suspended clocks.
The exposed infrastructure at each computer station—cables spiraling down from the ceiling—gives the place a...
Our last stop was the studio of Mayme Kratz, an artist who works largely with resin, embedding bones, dried plant...
Here, Kratz and Keener discuss her recent experiments with glass, such as these globes that perfectly record the shape...
Here's a glimpse at a shelf in Kratz's office, artfully arranged with some of the objects, materials, and clippings...
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