A Dramatic Floating Roof Crowns This Rammed-Earth Home in Arizona

With an angular roof canopy that glows with the sun and striated, rammed-earth walls, Dancing Light House delights in its desert locale.

Designed by award-winning firm Kendle Design Collaborative, the poetically named Dancing Light House in Paradise Valley, Arizona, celebrates its desert landscape. The home features striking, geometric shapes that mirror the surrounding mountains, with nature providing the main foundation for the house’s aesthetic and distinct character.

Layered, rammed-earth walls link Dancing Light House to its desert landscape.

Layered, rammed-earth walls link Dancing Light House to its desert landscape.

Photo by Alexander Vertikoff

Its 5,600 square feet span a single story; with various outdoor living areas integrated throughout, the dwelling comprises separate, yet related, structures.

The wood boards lining the canopy's underside appear to glow in the desert sun. Its tectonic-like shapes reference both the local geology and monsoon cloud formations.

The wood boards lining the canopy’s underside appear to glow in the desert sun. Its tectonic-like shapes reference both the local geology and monsoon cloud formations.

Photo by Alexander Vertikoff

The signature feature of the residence is its commanding floating roof canopy, which lends an impressive, sculptural accent to the design. With an underside comprised of tectonic-like forms, the dramatic pointed roofs protect the residence from the elements while appearing as a beautiful sculpture, balancing the owner’s desire for both elegance and coziness. 

To keep the focus on the canopy's form and natural materials, the team designed concealed lighting and mechanical systems.

To keep the focus on the canopy’s form and natural materials, the team designed concealed lighting and mechanical systems.

Photo by Alexander Vertikoff

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