The site for minimum/maximum is one of those rare diamonds in the rough. Upon first
viewing, the site seems cluttered in a maze of flora as it is layered with beautiful native plants
and trees, but when one looks beyond that, it becomes clear that the site has some of the
most panoramic and unobstructed views of Red Rock Canyon and Sandstone Bluff that
one could ever hope for.
The initial question we were asked was how could we make the minimum impact to the
existing lush landscape, while also maximizing the site’s picturesque views. After a few
design charettes, the solution became obvious. We elevated the main section above
the desert landscape, leaving the landscape below and making the views of the desert
backdrop even more dramatic. This created private zones for our client and unique open
spaces that could be utilized with guests. Architecturally, our client wanted a concrete and
steel glass “jewel box,” which were happy to explore. The minimal forms contrast nicely
against the dense vegetation and provide ample screening for adequate light diffusion
through screen elements throughout the home.