The conceptual design process for the project started with an understanding of
the lifestyle and function of the home’s use, along with a thorough understanding
of the site, natural environment, and how it would affect the overall design.
The project began to take shape with simple geometry that explored forms and
plan layouts. This process led to diverse results, yet all the concepts remain
closely linked. Vignettes of light, shadow, sound, and texture contrast against
the tranquility of the natural environment. The earth tones and rich color palette
of native desert plants and trees will pop with raw beauty against the monolithic,
yet soothing exterior architecture.
The exterior materials explored in the design are meant to handle the harsh desert
environment by being durable, relevant, and having a true beautiful decay effect.
The foor plan is rooted in classic architectural layouts that then molded to ft the
specifc function of the program while maximizing site views and maintaining
The interior elements will explore softer materiality to compliment and contrast
the desert Brutalism of the exterior facade treatments. The use of indoor/outdoor
space and internal courtyards will create moments of refection, contemplation,
and serenity. The home effectively utilizes elements of shading, screening, natural
daylighting, and passive heating/cooling with air fow throughout the space.
Architectural vignettes curate external and internal scenes of the surrounding
environment that will evolve with time and create unique experiences that are
always different, but still feel like home.