The shaded Main Entry, tucked deep into the shadows, is approached from a rising stepped garden path, leading up to a gentle, quiet water feature and custom stainless steel, glass and wood pivot entry door...open this and venture in to the Central Foyer space, shrouded by curved concrete & stainless steel and orienting the visitor to the central core of this curvaceous home.
From this central orientation point, one begins to perceive the magic and mystery yet to be revealed in the undulating spatial volumes, spiraling out in several directions.
Ahead is the kitchen and breakfast room, and to the right is the Children's Bedroom Wing and the 'ocotillo stairs' leading up to the top floor Master Bedroom.
Venture left down the gentle ramp that follows along the gurgling water stream with quartz crystal sphere and meander past the bar and billiards, or enter into the main Great Room.
The entire ceiling areas are a brilliant series of overlapping smoothly curved plaster and steel framed layers, separated by translucent poly-carbonate panels. This combats the intense summer heat and light, but carefully allows indirect natural daylight to gently sift through the deep interiors of this unique desert home.
Wandering through the organic curves of this floor plan and you will soon discover another gentle ramp leading out to the private and secluded Meditation Room. Entered through a double sliding shoji door, step down onto a supple leather floor radiating around a large circular glass Floor Window. Now this is the ideal place to sit and meditate while seeming to hover directly over the colorful reflecting koi pool just below...integrated into the natural xeriscape. On nice days, open the glass window walls to reveal a special desert garden, while at night the gurgling water reflects dancing lights up through the glass floor, playing over the interior walls of this lovely Zen Zone.
"Blocking the intense summer sun was a prime objective here and we accomplished this by clever site orientation, massive roof overhangs, super insulated exterior walls and roof, an ultra high-efficiency water cooled A/C system and ample earth contact and below grade areas."
There is a shady garden path with foot bridge crossing over the desert wash, leading to the detached Desert Office, actually set below the planted xeriscape garden by 30", giving a rabbits eye view from inside the space.
Hidden below and completely underground and naturally cooled sits another six car garage.
The main residence also has a 4 car below grade garage and lovely swimming pool with party patio in the backyard.
This property falls within the COS NAOS areas so special attention was required for this sensitive desert land project.
Rendering for desert home, below grade 4 car garage, enter from lower steps up past the dining room to arrive at the Main Entry, with a water feature and planter, custom made stainless steel pivot door set deep in the shadows. Above this is the Master Bedroom and to the right is the cantilevered meditation room hanging out over the desert wash.
A somewhat complicated steel framing system, Architect really challenged the Engineer and the Builder!
By using long span steel beams and open web bar joists, we were able to create dramatic wide open spaces that have multiple stepped levels to allow indirect light.
Steel frame & light metal framing soon to be wrapped with lath and plaster for a beautiful smooth finish. Spaces between have translucent honeycomb poly-carbonate to allow light and be easy and cost effective for construction.
Stainless steel column will be polished and textured, its functional too as it supports a large part of the upper floor.
The triple steel pipe holds up most of the multilayered rooves overhead.
Here we broke through the concrete wall into the children's wing!
Scottsdale Desert Home, south facade with large shady over hangs and deep set front entry with gentle water fall at outdoor entry landing.
Skylights surround the concentric walls forming dining room & stairs, beautiful orange & green stucco inspired from the many desert flowers of similar hue.