Cayambe comes from a volcano in our client’s home country of Ecuador. Nevado Cayambe is “a massive Volcanic Complex in Northern Ecuador, 60 km NE of the City of Quito. Cayambe volcano belongs to the Cayambe Volcanic Complex (CVC), which has a roughly rectangular base (24 km E-W, 18 km N-S), and is located at an altitude of 2800-3000 m in the west and at 3400-3800 m asl in the eastern part. The upper part of the complex is elongated in E-W direction and consists of the main summit of Nevado Cayambe (5790m).”*

The elongated and rectangular forms of Nevado Cayambe influenced the architectural design of this contemporary Las Vegas home. The program is designed to flow with how the family functions in their day-to-day living. Broken down to a simple formula, Private vs. Public. The public entertaining and living spaces are designated to the first floor a free-flowing plan that allows for exterior circulation access to the 2nd foor roof decks. The first floor connects all outdoor spaces, blurring the lines of indoor/outdoor desert living. Pocket courtyards are pulled into the interior spaces to allow the micro-climates to be experienced daily. The 2nd floor holds all the bedrooms and private spaces with connection to outdoor decks. These rooms capture stunning views of Las Vegas Valley and surrounding Red Rocks Mountains.

Protected natural daylight is important to the entire program and is maximized through strategic locations of glass and covered canopies. The desert sun is harsh and oppressive, but when protected with shade and natural ventilation (through passive cooling and heating), one can live quite comfortably within the desert. Cayambe’s rectilinear forms and canopies extend through the sky, stretching ones view beyond to the elongated mountain range. The thermally treated expansive glass and outdoor sitting areas are protected from the sun with large overhangs (and trellis structures) that create shade and unique shadow vignettes that accentuate the site and architecture of the home.

Like Nevado Cayambe in Ecuador, Cayambe stands strong on its own with minimal, yet simple architectural forms and materials that are relevant to the native Las Vegas desert environment.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Stucco Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, and Stone Siding Material. Photo  of Cayambe
Modern home with Dining Room, Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Slate Floor, Table, Accent Lighting, Gas Burning Fireplace, Two-Sided Fireplace, Corner Fireplace, and Pendant Lighting. Photo 2 of Cayambe
Modern home with Bath Room, Marble Wall, Freestanding Tub, One Piece Toilet, Ceiling Lighting, Limestone Floor, Marble Counter, and Enclosed Shower. Photo 3 of Cayambe
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Flat RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Stucco Siding Material, House Building Type, and Metal Siding Material. Photo 4 of Cayambe
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Stucco Siding Material. Photo 5 of Cayambe
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, and Stucco Siding Material. Photo 6 of Cayambe
Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Walkways, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Hardscapes, Desert, Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Landscape Lighting, Garden, Wood Fences, Wall, Shrubs, and Flowers. Photo 7 of Cayambe
Modern home with Kitchen, Wine Cooler, Recessed Lighting, Open Cabinet, Beverage Center, Refrigerator, Marble Counter, Range, Pendant Lighting, Wood Cabinet, Accent Lighting, Undermount Sink, Slate Floor, Wall Oven, Metal Cabinet, Range Hood, Cooktops, Ceiling Lighting, and Stone Slab Backsplashe. Photo 8 of Cayambe
Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Wall Oven, Stone Counter, Metal Cabinet, Slate Floor, Cooktops, Range, Range Hood, Ceiling Lighting, Refrigerator, Stone Slab Backsplashe, Undermount Sink, Accent Lighting, and Pendant Lighting. Photo 9 of Cayambe
Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, Wood Tread, and Glass Railing. Photo 10 of Cayambe
Modern home with Outdoor, Hardscapes, Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Walkways, Grass, and Landscape Lighting. Photo 11 of Cayambe
Modern home with Outdoor, Hardscapes, Shrubs, Walkways, and Grass. Photo 12 of Cayambe
Modern home with Outdoor, Grass, Hardscapes, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Shrubs. Photo 13 of Cayambe
Modern home with Bath Room, Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Marble Counter, Ceiling Lighting, and Slate Floor. Photo 14 of Cayambe
Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2018