Conceived as an extension of the Arizona landscape, this eco-friendly, modern house approaches near net-zero energy consumption.
Approached by clients who wanted to simplify their lifestyle and reconnect with the landscape, Phoenix–based Wendell Burnette Architects have designed the Hidden Valley Desert House as a “long pavilion for living.”
Located on a south-facing saguaro-studded knoll, the low-lying, modern dwelling is set on a plaster-covered concrete plinth sunken into the pinkish earth in parallel to the contours running east to west.
Above the plinth hovers a shade canopy large enough to not only house all the mechanical systems, water storage, and energy supply, but also to provide sufficient shade from the harsh sun, particularly for the outdoor terraces on the west and east ends.
Sandwiched between the plinth and canopy is a “dispersed core of mass forms,” explains the firm, who arranged the layout to frame focused desert views and minimize the percentage of glass to wall.
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